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Suhotei Yamaguchi


Suhotei Festival (Suppootei matsuri )

***** Location: Yamaguchi
***** Season: Early Autumn
***** Category: Observance


Suppootei Matsuri 数方庭祭 (すっぽうていまつり)
Suhotei Festival

also read
zuootei ずおうてい / suhooden すほうでん / suhootei すほうてい

at the shrine Iminomiya Jinja in Yamaguchi
忌宮神社, 山口県下関市長府宮の内町1-18

August 7 to 13

This is the oldest shrine in the city of Chofu.
Chofu is about 8 km northeast of Shimonoseki.
The shrine was built in 646, when the local government was set up in this region.
The whole region was under the governance of the Mori family of Yamaguchi for a long time to come in the Edo period.

This is the most important and remarkable festival in Chofu town.

Rituals are held every night during the festival in August. The participants balance long bamboo poles of more than 20 meters with attached banners around a large stone (demon stone 鬼石 oni ishi ) in the shrine compound.

source : iminomiya.htm

Accompanying musicians with drums and gongs provide the rythm and sound, while the carriers shout "Wawassei, wawassei" ワワセイ ワワセイ.

This "Jinja" has a long history. It is said that the historic shrine was built around 200 A.D. by the legendary Empress Jingû to commemorate the death of her husband, Emperor Chûai.

Innomiya Jinja hosts a unique festival "Suhôtei Matsuri" which was designated by Yamaguchi Prefecture as intangible cultural property. Every year, between August 7 and 13, local people gather at the shrine to walk around a giant stone with very tall bamboo labrums attached to their body. This year, about 200 people participated the festival (besides a lot of spectators) and the tallest labarums was 30m high, and weighed 100kg...

... the matsuri also dates back to the 2nd century. The curious rite is said to imitate the victory dance after central Japan-based Yamato government's win against allied forces of south Japan-based Kumaso and then eastern Korea-based Silla, which attacked from the air, riding black cloud.
The emperor Chûai played the central role in that war, legend says. People used to use pikes and fauchards, but they were replaced by bamboo at the end of 18th century by order of the feudal lord.
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The land of Kumaso 熊襲 today Kumamoto Prefecture.
古代九州西南部 -〈熊曾の国〉

. Kumamoto Prefecture - 熊本県 and haiku .

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... a new post “New Research on the Kumaso, Hayato” in which it says the Austronesian theory of origin for Hayato and Kumaso is wrong. The poster writes that “the Yamato who were genetically linked to the Kumaso and Hayato invaded Kyushu to expand their empire”.
Citing Dr. Ryu Otani’s book “The Kumaso”, we read:
“There is absolutely no evidence, genetically, to show the Kumaso or Hayato were separate in lineage or language from the rest of Shikoku or Honshu. They were simply the indigenous people of Kyushu. Both the Kumaso and Hayato inhabited areas all over the island of Kyushu… The Kumaso were generally highlanders and the Hayato were generally lowland dwelling people. Kumaso and Hayato were brothers of the Yamato.” The blog also says that “Archaeology and testing show a definite link to Hayato and Kumaso being influenced at the same times as the rest of Japan’s archipelago by the Sinic people of China and Korea. … It also shows the Hayato and Kumaso were genetically linked to the rest of Japan, barring the Ainu of Hokkaido who are actually the sole people of Japan that are genetically different from the rest of the Japanese people. (92)

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Main festivals at Iminomiya Shrine:
January 15th: Bushasai Festival
March 28th: Sanshu-sai Festival
April 3rd: Island Festival
August 7th-13th: Suhoteisai Festival
November 3rd: Mikka-sumo
December 7th-15th: Oimi-sai Festival

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Ema votive tablet for Shichi-Go-San
Festival for Children in November

kootsuu anzen 交通安全ステッカー Amulet for traffic safety

kaiun yakuyoke 開運厄除御守 for good luck
and avoiding evil influence

hada mamori 肌守り amulet to keep on your skin
for protection from evil

MORE amulets from this shrine
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. Amulets and Talismans from Japan . 


Festivals of Shimonoseki Town
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Summer Events in Shimonoseki
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***** . Shichigosan (shichi go san) Seven-Five-Three Festival  

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Heian Matsuri


Heian Festival (Heian matsuri)

***** Location: Kyoto
***** Season: Late Autumn
***** Category: Observance


Heian matsuri 平安祭(へいあんまつり)Heian festival
Jidai matsuri 時代祭 (じだいまつり) "Festival of the Ages"

October 22

The central event in the festival is the Jidai Gyoretsu, a resplendent procession. In the procession, participants wear costumes representing the styles of each historical period starting with 1868 when the capital was transferred from Kyoto to Tokyo and going backward to 794 when the capital was moved to Kyoto.

Led by a gallet fife and drum corps, the sumptuous and gorgeous procession comprises about 2,000 people and extends for about 2 km (1.24 miles). The spectacle also includes the charming junior geisha (maiko) and women dressed in the beautiful kimono of the imperial court. Proceeding along a 4.5km (2.8 miles) route (Miyako-Oji) from the Kyoto Imperial Garden to Heian Shrine, the parade lasts for nearly five hours.
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The Heian period (平安時代, Heian jidai)

is the last division of classical Japanese history, running from 794 to 1185.[1] The period is named after the capital city of Heian-kyō, or modern Kyōto. It is the period in Japanese history when Buddhism, Taoism and other Chinese influences were at their height. The Heian period is also considered the peak of the Japanese imperial court and noted for its art, especially poetry and literature. Although the Imperial House of Japan had power on the surface, the real power was in the hands of the Fujiwara clan, a powerful aristocratic family who had intermarried with the Emperor of Japan.
Heian (平安) means "peace and tranquility" in Japanese.
Buddhism began to spread throughout Japan during the Heian period, primarily through two major esoteric sects, Tendai and Shingon.

Although written Chinese (Kanbun) remained the official language of the Heian period imperial court, the introduction and wide use of kana saw a boom in Japanese literature. Despite the establishment of several new literary genres such as the novel and narrative monogatari (物語) and essays, literacy was only common among the court and Buddhist clergy.

The lyrics of the modern Japanese national anthem, Kimi ga Yo, were written in the Heian period, as was The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu, one of the first novels ever written. Murasaki Shikibu's contemporary and rival Sei Shōnagon's revealing observations and musings as an attendant in the Empress' court were recorded collectively as The Pillow Book in the 990s, which revealed the quotidian capital lifestyle. The Heian period produced a flowering of poetry including works of Ariwara no Narihira, Ono no Komachi, Izumi Shikibu, Murasaki Shikibu, Saigyō and Fujiwara no Teika.
The famous Japanese poem known as the Iroha (いろは), of uncertain authorship, was also written during the Heian period.
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Kyoto holds "Festival of the Ages"
October 22, 2011

A parade of 2,000 people wearing Japanese costumes from various historical periods was held in Kyoto on Sunday.
A crowd of about 50,000 watched the procession along a 4.5-kilometer course from the Kyoto Imperial Palace to the Heian Shrine.
The Jidai Matsuri is one of the city's 3 biggest festivals. It started in 1895 when Kyoto celebrated the 1,100th anniversary of its founding in the Heian period.
Sunday's parade was led by a military band dressed in the style of the Meiji era in the late 19th century. The next group represented the popular revolutionaries who helped organize the Meiji Restoration in the closing days of the Edo period, which ended in 1867.
At the end of the parade were women in elaborate costumes from the Heian period.

Survivors of the March 11th disaster who are living in Kyoto were invited to watch the parade.
A woman said she had to evacuate her hometown in Fukushima Prefecture because of the accident at the Fukushima nuclear plant, but the beautiful parade made her feel less homesick.
source : NHK news 2011

. Japan after the BIG earthquake March 11, 2011 .

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Heian Jinguu 平安神宮 Heian Jingu Shrine

Heian Shrine in Sakyō-ku, Kyoto ...
In late January, a festival celebrates the memory of Emperor Kōmei; and in early April, a festival in honor of Emperor Kammu is a yearly occurrence.[

On October 22, Heian-jingū hosts the Jidai Matsuri, which is one of the most important festivals of Kyoto. The procession of this festival begins at the old Imperial palace, and includes carrying the mikoshi (portable shrines) of Emperors Kanmu and Kōmei to the Heian-jingū.

The Shrine is used for traditional Japanese weddings as well as concerts. It is popular but rare for a modern concert to be held at a historic site like the shrines, but merging modern and old culture in Kyoto has become a trend.
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- - - - - English HP of the Shrine - Heian Jingu Shrine

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. Japan - Shrines and Temples .


koshiboso no jidai matsuri no yakko kana

the slender waist
of a court lady -
Festival of the Ages

jidai goto i no kawari-yuku aki no kure

with each period
the robes also change -
end of autumn

And some more by Kusa Wakaba
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. The Heian Period 平安時代 Heian jidai (794 - 1185) .
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Degawari for servants


Migrating servants (degawari)

***** Location: Japan
***** Season: Mid-spring and mid-autumn
***** Category: Observance


After the New Year ceremonies, the old servants were replaced by younger ones.
The old ones had to leave their employers and return to their home villages.
The young ones traveled toward the nearby towns to find employment.

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degawari 出代 (でがわり) migrating of the servants
exchange of the servants
..... 出替(でがわり)
igasane 居重ね(いがさね)、inari 居なり(いなり) staying as a servant
shinzan 新参(しんざん)newcomer, new hand
gozan 古参(こさん)an old-timer, senior servant
choonen 重年((ちょうねん)senior staff

o-memie 御目見得(おめみえ) probation time of the new servants


kigo for mid-autumn

nochi no degawari 後の出代 (のちのでがわり)
migrating of the servants in autumn

.... aki no degawari 秋の出代(あきのでがわり)


not kigo
People from the countryside went to the towns to make a bit of money during the slow seasons.

degawari is short for 出替り奉公人
servants employed for a short time, less than one year
degawari hookoonin

zue, hanki-i 半季居(ずえ) for half a season
ikki-i hookoo 一季居奉公 for one season

fudai hookoo 譜代(ふだい)奉公 servants for a longer time
nenkiri hookoo 年切(ねんきり))奉公 servants for one year

shiyoonin 使用人 servant

bukebookoo 武家奉公 servant of a samurai
dechibookoo, detchibookoo 丁稚(でっち)奉公 servant of a merchant

kogai 子飼(こがい) child in employment

nenkibookoo 年季奉公 servant for a special time,
where his owner (parents) got money

degawari was often done by the oldest son or daughter of a family to learn something in Edo or a nearby town.

Later they were called

wakatoo 若党(わかとう)
chuugen 中間(ちゅうげん)
komono 小者(こもの)
zooritori 草履取(ぞうりとり)(keeper of the straw sandals of his master)

The story of young Hideyoshi, who kept the sandals warm in his busom pocket for the lord Nobunaga and later made a career as the shoogun of Japan is quite well known.

bantoo 番頭 head clerk
at a mercantile establishment
He was the leader of all the servants in a merchant home and had to take all the responsibility of a manager, doing the bookkeeping as well.
In Samurai estates, he was also called bangashira.
If there were more than one bantoo in a store, one was the "Big bantoo" oobantoo 大番頭. He also worked as a leader for the neighbourhood security forces.

hyakunin bantoo 百人番頭 "bantoo leading 100 servants"

. yakko 奴 simple workers in a daimyo estate
yakko shoogatsu 奴正月(やっこしょうがつ)
New Year holiday for the yakko servants
kigo for the New Year

ashigaru 足軽 (あしがる) "light on the feet"
lightly armed warrior-servants
They had to carry the spears, bows and arrows and other weapons.
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ashigaru bentoo 足軽弁当 lunch for an ashigaru
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"dechi yookan, detchi yookan 丁稚ようかん (でっちようかん)" "jelly for servants"
from Fukui prefecture

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Some haiku by Kobayashi Issa
(Tr. David Lanoue)

degawari no ichi ni sarasu ya gojuu kao

a laid-off servant at market--
his fifty year-old face


haiga by Nakamura Sakuo

degawari ya edo no kembutsu mo shinano-gasa

migrating servants -
in Edo, too
Shinano's umbrella-hats

Issa's home province was Shinano.

oohara ni degawari kago no toori keri

across the wide plain
a migrating servant
in a palanquin

Palanquin, sedan chair (kago 篭 or かご)

kado suzume naku ya itsu made degawaru to

gate's sparrow singing--
until when
a migrating servant?


degawari ya rokujuu-zura o sagenagara

looks sixty
but proud of his latest
temporary job

Tr. Chris Drake

This hokku is from Issa's own handwritten collection of his hokku that contains hokku from many years. It must be a spring hokku, since the shogunate mandated that job changes for one-year temporary workers should take place in the third month (April) and for six-month temporary workers in the third and ninth months (April, October), and only the spring and summer sections of Issa's handwritten collection remain. There were many kinds of medium-length temporary work, with the two most common being a worker in a wholesale or retail business or a low-ranking live-in household servant. The pay was very low, though living costs were covered, and in businesses there was the possibility of promotion to a semi-permanent or permanent position. Since there was a constant influx of people from poor farming areas into the city of Edo looking for work, wages stayed low, and usually those who did find work either remained for several years in order to save up a little money before they returned to their hometowns or became Edoites and settled in the big city.

The man in Issa's hokku seems to be a migrant who has settled down and is now an Edo resident. For many years he's been working for one employer after another, changing either once or twice a year. He's never been able to find a permanent job, and he seems to have no special skill to sell, yet he is content to keep on changing and accepting pitiful wages the way a desperate young man would. To many people he appears shameless and thick-faced, since at sixty he should be dignified or at least above doing unskilled manual labor, but the man has learned not to be bothered by the negative opinions of others. Apparently his sixtyish face even looks a bit happy or at least relieved at finding a new job as an odd jobs man or a servant, though his nonchalance and lack of concern for social status make some people feel uneasy.

Issa himself was sent to Edo at fourteen by his father, presumably to become an apprentice or servant for several years, and he knew how hard and unrewarding such work was. For example, there were only two regular one-day vacations a year, around New Year's and during the early fall O-Bon festival of returning souls. In this 1822 hokku Issa evokes someone who wishes he (or she) could enjoy life in Edo a little bit:

de-gawari ya edo kembutsu mo shinano-gasa

changing jobs again --
he wears a country hat
but can't see the sights

The broad-rimmed rush or straw hat of the part-time worker from the country is actually a "Shinano hat," since the man is from Issa's home province. Unlike short-time visitors to Edo from Shinano and other rural areas, this part-time worker has no time to see the sights of the city, many of which are especially beautiful in the third month, when the cherries and other trees and plants are in bloom. As soon as his contract is up at one place, he must go to the temporary-job market and hustle to find a new employer. The man lives in Edo, yet he knows little more than the insides of the houses or shops in which he's lived and worked. And he can't even afford a stylish new hat of the type popular in Edo. Surely Issa marvels at the persistence and endurance (and cheerfulness?) shown by a man who continues to do this hard, demanding work past sixty, something he couldn't do himself. Luckily he discovered haikai instead.

Chris Drake

. Kobayashi Issa 小林一茶 in Edo .

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***** yabuiri, yabu iri, yabu-iri 薮入 servant's holiday
Sainichi 斎日, さいにち Fasting day, sixteenth day
kigo for the NEW YEAR


kigo for early autumn

***** nochi no yabuiri 後の薮入 (のちのやぶいり)
"next holiday for the servants"

aki no yabu-iri 秋の薮入(あきのやぶいり)
servant holidays in autumn

It used to be the 16th day of the 7th lunar month, related to Tanabata and O-Bon.





Nada Kenka Matsuri


Nada Fighting Festival (Nada no Kenka Matsuri)

***** Location: Himeji, Hyogo
***** Season: Late Autumn
***** Category: Observance


October 14th and 15th
Matsubara Hachiman Shrine
Shirahama-cho Ko, Himeji City, Hyogo Prefecture

姫路 松原八幡神社


This is the biggest "fighting festival" in Japan.

The night of the tenth lunar month was the full moon night of Autumn in the Asian lunar calendar.

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Portable shrines fiercely jolted against one another produce breathtaking scenes befitting a 'Fighting Festival'

It came to be called by this name, Kenka Matsuri or 'Fighting Festival' because the mikoshi (portable shrines) are jolted against one another when carried on the shoulders of the men in the parade.

There are no detailed rules or opponents for the vehement collisions of the portable shrines. As soon as the portable shrines are set properly on the men's shoulders and everyone is ready, they are knocked against one another at random, and the moment a portable shrine is hoisted on top of another, the contest is over.

The greatest attraction is the struggle among 3 portable shrines when men over 35 wearing white headbands, those of 26-35 with yellow headbands and youths under 26 marked by red headbands, holding bamboo poles in their hands, join in the fight. A vehement struggle unfolds but this is in no way a fight between the men. This festival, which is the largest of the numerous fighting festivals held nationwide, is not only famous in Japan but is also becoming widely known overseas.

The highlight of this festival is Yatai-neri, the parade of "yatai", festival floats, gorgeously decorated with wood carving, gold and silver handiwork and embroidered curtains. The yatai are carried on the shoulders of men and are surrounded by the men holding "shide" (bamboo poles decorated with colorful paper) in their hand. As dusk sets in, illuminations on each of the yatai are lit.
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There are seven districts of the town which carry their own highly decorated portable shrines (yatai 屋台) in the procession. The shrines are very heavy and are pulled and pushed on wheels. More than 3000 men take part in the various processions, and all children are proud when they are allowed to participate for the first time.
A famous group of lion dancers and drums accompany the procession.
The yatai come from 木場、松原、八家、妻鹿、宇佐崎、中村. The seventh village group does not participate, but carries the three large banners of the deities.
The yatai rub each other (neriawase 練り合わせ). When it gets dark, each yatai is decorated with lanterns.

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三の丸・一の丸・二の丸 Boat three, one and two

The three portable shrines for the final fighting are much lighter and made for destruction. Every year before the festival it takes their bearers about one month to repair them, only to carry them out on the festival day to be destroyed again.
The three "boats" carry the three deities

Hondawake no mikoto 品陀和気命(ほんだわけのみこと)- Ojin Tenno (son of Jingu) in the center (later to be deified as Hachiman)

Okinagatarashi hime no mikoto
- Emperess Jingu on the left

Hime Ookami 比咩大神(ひめおおかみ)- wife of Hachiman

The legend of the shrine tells about a fisherman from Mega, who found a plank on the shore with the inscription "Great Bosatsu Hachiman"
八幡大菩薩 and a shrine was erected to honor this plank, which was supposed to come from Usa Jingu. (See Jingu, link below.)

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The origin of these fighting mikoshi, which are counted boats (maru) in this shrine, dates back to the Emperess Jingu Kogo 神功皇后 (Jinguu Koogoo), who was on a war expedition against Korea when she passed Himeji. The boats of her entourage were covered with oyster shells and she thought a quick way to remove them would be to bang and rub the boats against each other.
Today's "fight" is in memory of this legend.

On the evening before the main festival (yoi miya 宵宮, yoi no miya 宵の宮), all the portable shrines are paraded around town and to the main shrine. Before participating, the men have to take an ablution in the cold waters of the sea at Shirahama 白浜町.

On the second day of the festival (honmiya 本宮) the portable shrines first carried around to "wipe off the dew" (tsuyu harai 露払い), together with the lion dancers and drums.

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Then they are carried up a steep slope in the west of the compount, to a "travel station" 御旅山 with the main Hachiman Shrine as an offering for the deities.
When coming back they have to pass the Sakura Gate of the Shrine, which is so low that part of the roof decoration has to be taken down before they can pass and get the blessing of the Shinto priest.

When they are back in the shrine compound, the real fight of the three boats begins, often lasting until late in the night, until all the boats are brought to fall on the ground. The men are quite exhausted from carrying the heave loads all day long, but they never give up.

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The portable shrine bearers are called "neriko 練り子. They wear a special amulet in the color of their group around their arms 腕守り, given to them by mother or wife, for protection against injuries in the heavy battles. A nearby hospital is on stand-by just in case. There have been two cases of death by being crushed in recent years.

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Many visitors are lined up in seats around the main "arena" in the temple ground and along the roads.


. Emperess Jingu and the Hachiman Cult  

. Jingu Kogo 神功皇后 and Japanese Dolls .

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灘けんか祭 Nada Kenka Matsuri

akibare no kuru soodai no kuro haori

in autumn sunshine
the representatives in their
formal black coats

Asazuma Chikara 朝妻力
source : 俳誌のsalon


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***** WKD : Autumn Festival (aki matsuri)

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Otsu Matsuri


Otsu Festival (Ootsu matsuri)

***** Location: Otsu, Japan
***** Season: Autumn
***** Category: Observance


Ootsu Matsuri 大津祭 Otsu festival, Otsu Matsuri

Nishi no miya matsuri 四宮祭(しのみやまつり)
Festival of shrine Nishi no Miya


Otsu matsuri poster

One of Shiga's major festivals featuring thirteen ornate floats displayed and paraded around central Otsu over two days before Sports Day, a national holiday around Oct.

The first day of the festival has the floats parked and displayed on the streets and lit up at night. The first day of the festival is called Yoimiya . 宵宮

During the first day, the karakuri mechanical puppets are removed from the floats and displayed on street level. The karakuri ningyo puppets are a major highlight of the floats and festival. The puppets perform on the floats during the procession. karakuri ningyoo からくり人形

The Otsu Matsuri has thirteen floats called hikiyama. Each one belongs to a different neighborhood in central Otsu. Each float has a name and features ornate carvings, tapestries, paintings, and other art work. 曳山

In 1596, Shiouri Jihei (塩売 治兵衛) wore a tanuki mask and danced during a Tenson Shrine festival. People liked his dancing so much that they built a float two years later and Jihei danced on it.

Tapestry designated as an Important Cultural Property.
The Trojan War (from Greek mythology) is depicted.

The second day of the Otsu Matsuri Festival is called the Honmatsuri, featuring a procession of the thirteen floats as the festival climax. The highlight are the performances by the karakuri mechanical dolls on the floats. 本祭り

They also threw chimaki to the crowd. Chimaki are small bundles of straw wrapped with a thin hand towel. They were all blessed by Tenson Shrine. ちまき

With many splendid photos
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On each float, there are three types of musical instruments.
The gong is played by young schoolchildren, the big drum is hit by older schoolchildren and the flute is played by students and grown-ups.

The mechanical devices are moved by four young boys, who crawl inside the doll and move the spear or the water, for example.

To turn such a large float in the small streets of Otsu, the float is stopped and then the front part lifted to drag it around at an angle to reach the next small street.

The floats are constructed each year from the parts, it takes about one week to finish them, like a puzzle with wooden joints only.

shrine Nishinomiya 四宮神社 / Tenson 天孫(四宮)神社
shrine Tenson Jinja 天孫神社

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Reference : Otsu Matsuri


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Otsu Hikaru-kun おおつ光ルくん

In memory of Hikaru Genji, the hero of the Tales of Genji.
He is even on pudding and other food items.


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Otsu Chimakichi ちま吉 for good luck
chimaki are a food item for good luck in the coming year, rice wrapped in gree leaves. In Otsu, even the tramway is green.

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. Otsu-E 大津絵 Illustrations from Otsu    

. The Tale of Genji, Genji Monogatari ... and haiku  


Ootsu matsuri no dashi 大津祭りの山車 festival float

They are made from strong cardbord (ボール紙), like the float toys from Nagahama.
But they are not made any more.

. Shiga Prefecture Folk Art - 滋賀県 .


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***** . Karakuri ningyoo からくり人形 mechanical dolls .

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Governor promotion (tsukasameshi)


Governor promotion

***** Location:
***** Season: Spring and Mid-Autumn
***** Category: Observance


kigo for the New Year / Spring

agatameshi no jimoku 県召除目 (あがためしのじもく)
Giving first orders to local governors

..... 県召の除目
..... agatameshi 県召(あがためし)
..... haru no jimoku 春除目(はるのじもく)governor promotion in spring

Usually from the 11 to the 13th day of the first lunar month.


kigo for mid-autumn

tukasameshi 司召 (つかさめし)
governor promotion (in autumn)

aki no jimoku 秋の除目(あきのじもく) governor promotion in autumn
kyookan jimoku 京官除目(きょうかんじもく)governor promotion in Kyoto


At the imperial court of the Heian period, new orders of appointment for governors to the provinces were given twice a year, at New Year (spring in the lunar calendar) and autumn.
The Minister of the Left (Sadaijin 左大臣) was responsible for these appointment ceremonies.

It was quite an honor for an official to be appointed governor of a province, even if it was far away from the capital of Kyoto.

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haisu tote eboshi otosu na tsukasa meshi

at the audience
don't drop your official hat -
governor's promotion

Tan Taigi 炭太祇 (たんたいぎ)


tsukasameshi katei no oshii kahori keri

Koshu 古洲

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Suwa and Misayama


Suwa and Misayama

***** Location: Nagano, Japan
***** Season: See below
***** Category: Observance


Suwa Shrine 諏訪大社 Suwa Taisha and the
Lower Suwa Shrine, Misayama 御射山
Shinano, now Nagano prefecture

There are seven wonders in the area, relevant for our kigo is this one:

Hoya-no no Sanko 穂屋野の三光:
The three rays in Hoyano

It is believed that the three rays from the sun ,the moon and a star are to be seen at the same time from the former Misayama Shrine (旧御射山社).
See below.

Suwa taisha (諏訪大社), or Suwa Grand Shrine, is a Shinto shrine in Nagano prefecture, Japan. Over 1200 years old, it is one of the oldest shrines in existence, and is mentioned in the Kojiki, an 8th century text. It consists of four building complexes, the Maemiya (前宮, lit. old shrine), the Honmiya (本宮, main shrine), the Harumiya (春宮, spring shrine), and the Akimiya (秋宮, autumn shrine).
source : wikipedia

南方刀美神社 Minakatatominokami no yashiro

- - - Enshrined deities:
Tateminakata no Mikoto 建御名方命
Yasakatome no Mikoto 八坂刀売命


kigo for early spring

Suwa no onbashira matsuri
諏訪の御柱祭 (すわのおんばしらまつり)
festival of the Suwa shrine pillars

onbashira matsuri 御柱祭(おんばしらまつり)"Suwa Pillar Festival"
Suwa matsuri 諏訪祭(すわまつり)Suwa festival
onbashira satobiki 御柱里曳(おんばしらさとびき)

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Onbashira (御柱祭) is a festival held every six years in the Lake Suwa area of Nagano, Japan. The purpose of the festival is to symbolically renew the Suwa Taisha or Suwa Grand Shrine. "Onbashira" can be literally translated as "the honored pillars".

The Onbashira festival is reputed to have continued, uninterrupted, for 1200 years. The festival is held once every six years, in the years of the Monkey and the Tiger in the Chinese Zodiac, however the locals may say "once in seven years," because of the traditional Japanese custom of including the current year when counting a length of time.

Onbashira lasts several months, and consists of two segments, Yamadashi and Satobiki.
Yamadashi traditionally takes place in April,
and Satobiki takes place in May.

"Yamadashi" literally means "coming out of the mountains." Before this portion of the festival, huge trees are cut down in a Shinto ceremony using axes and adzes specially manufactured for this single use. The logs are decorated in red and white regalia, the traditional colors of Shinto ceremonies, and ropes are attached. During Yamadashi, Teams of men drag the logs down the mountain towards the four shrines of Suwa Taisha. The course of the logs goes over rough terrain, and at certain points the logs must be skidded or dropped down steep slopes. Young men prove their bravery by riding the logs down the hill in a ceremony known as "Ki-otoshi."

"Satobiki" festival involves the symbolic placement of the new logs to support the foundation of the shrine buildings. The logs are raised by hand, with a ceremonial group of log bearers who ride the log as it is being raised and sing from the top of the log to announce the successful raising. This ceremony was performed as part of the opening ceremonies of the Nagano Olympics in 1998.

After two festivals, there is an important event "Building of Hoden". This event isn't generally famous, and few people know that the event is held even among people who live nearby and participate in Yamadashi and Satobiki. The end of this event marks the end of Onbashira.
© More in the WIKIPEDIA !

The origin of this festival goes back to ancient times.
In the forest region of Suwa lived the Jomon people, off the woods with wild animals and plants gathered for food, praying to a deity of hunting and gathering.
Then came the Yayoi folks from the continent, bringing the rice cultivation and field management and a deity of agriculture.
The two clashed at Suwa but then the stronger Yayoi appeased the deity of the Jomon and venerated it in the pillars around their shrines.

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Suwa shrines across Nagano Prefecture hold the "Pillar-raising festival" known as the Onbashira Matsuri in years of the Monkey and of the Tiger (i.e. every six years), in which shrines ceremonially raise four pillars (some shrines only erect one). Suwa Taisha is the first to raise the pillars, after which other Suwa shrines raise theirs. There are various explanations as to the symbolism or purpose of the four columns. Some suggest they were "vehicles" (yorishiro) for the kami to inhabit, others that they marked off the four corners of a sacred area. Still others explain them as substitutes for periodic shrine renewal ritual or as magical implements of the kami. There are many rituals at Suwa Taisha, and seven out of ten scrolls of the Suwa Daimyōjin ekotoba are devoted to ceremonies. ...
- source : Nogami Takahiro kokugakuin 2007 -


source :
with more photos

kigo for early autumn

Misayama matsuri 御射山祭 (みさやままつり)
Misayama festival

hoya 穂屋(ほや)"hut with a thatched wall"
hoya matsuri 穂屋祭(ほやまつり) Festival of the thatched hut"

on the 27th of the 7th lunar month,
now on August 27 - 28.

Shrine Misayama Jinja 御射山神社 and the "Lower Shrine 下社" of Suwa.
The mountain was the hunting ground of the Suwa area.
Misayama, lit. "Honorable Mountain for Shooting".

A hut with thatched walls from pampas grass was erected for the shrine priest and young men of the village to stay over night. They had to participate in various purifying rituals, Then they had to perform hunting acrobatics like shooting from horseback 遠笠懸 and falconry. Now there are also shooting performances.


kigo for the New Year

kawazugari no shinji 蛙狩の神事 (かわずがりのしんじ)
ceremony of hunting for frogs

Frog Hunting Shrine Ritual
..... kawazutobi no shinji 蛙飛びの神事(かわずとびのしんじ)
frog-jumping ritual

On the morning of January 1, three or four frogs hibernation along the river bank of the river Mitarashigawa 御手洗川 are dug up and shot at with a small ritual bow and arrow made from willow wood.
This helps to predict the harvest of the coming year. Sometimes the frogs jump away and this direction a lucky direction.

Look at more photos here:
source : suwataisya/sinj

This is a prayer for peace and a good harvest in the coming year and one of the seven wonders at the Suwa shrine.


kigo for the New Year

Sakanbe no fuyu matsuri 坂部の冬祭 (さかんべのふゆまつり)
Winter Festival in Sakanbe (Sakabe)

In Sakabe, part of Tenryu Village near the Suwa Shrine, and in other villages relating to the shrine.
It used to be held on the last month of the lunar year, but now on January 4.
People from each village go to the River Tenryuugawa 天竜川 to get pure water and bring it to the shrine in the hills near the village.
It is a ritual of "boiling water divination" (yudate 湯立て). The hot water is scattered over the participants to purify them.
Afterwards, a fest is held, sometimes ritual dancing and other performances.

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Shakuji Jinja 社宮司神社 しゃくじじんじゃ(
Oshamoji sama おしゃもじさま)

"Mishakuji-sama" みしゃくじさま,
Mishaguji sama ミシャグジさま , ミシャグジ神
is the name for the local female deity of the Suwa lake and Mount Moriya 守屋山.
She is resident in the Suwa Maemiya Shrine 諏訪前宮神社. It is an ancient cult of Mother Earth.
She is probably an old form of a snake worshipped and shows herself as a white snake.
Or identical with 建御名方神 or 洩矢神(モレヤ神).
This deity is also known in other regions where matagi hunters roam the forests.

Mishaguji sha ミシャグジ社 / 御社宮司社 Shrine for Mishaguji sama

Cosmogonical Worldview of Jomon Pottery :
The Mishakuji Cult of Suwa
source :

Worldwide use

Things found on the way

The 7 wonders of
Lower Shrine of Great Shrines of Suwa

Omiwatari (御神渡: literally. God's Crossing )
Once upon a time, there were a goddess named Yasakatome-no Mikoto (八坂刀売命) and a god, Takeminakata-no Mikoto (建御名方命). When the Goddess alone moved to the Lower Shrine, the God missed her so much but found that Lake Suwa was too large to cross. Then, when Lake Suwa was frozen over, he took the chance and walked over the ice to her shrine.
Today his footsteps are said to be Omiwatari. (This natural phenomenon is said to be caused as water expands with freezing in winter. The straight line of the sharp upheaval appears on the surface, and is called Omiwatari.) People used to regard Omiwatari as the sign which insured safety on the ice. When it came, they would step on Lake Suwa.

Misakuda-no wase (御作田の早稲: Early-ripening rice plants in Misakuda)
A rice-planting festival held on July 30th. The rice planted in the festival ripens in 60 days according to the old legend.

Gokoku no Tsutsu-gayu (五穀の筒粥: The porridge of five staple grains in the reed straws )
A ritual performed at Tsutsugayuden (筒粥殿: lit. the hall in which to cook the porridge in reed straws) in Haru Shrine. On the evening of January 14th. , rice and azuki-beans are cooked in a pot , into which a bunch of 42 reed straws are put .The next morning ,they perform auguries by the amount of porridge and azuki-beans trapped in the reed straws and “Divination never fails to be true”.

Yuguchi-no Seidaku (湯口の清濁: Purity and impurity of hot spring water from the spout)
Legend has it that the company of an unclean person in the public bath, Watanoyu (綿の湯), makes the hot spring water from the spout cloudy.

Neiri-no Sugi (寝入の杉: The cedar asleep)
The fabled tall cedar called Otakara gi (お宝木: lit. the treasure tree) on the premises of Aki Shrine.
It is still told to this day that the cedar falls asleep with its branches 10 cm lowered in the middle of the night, when its snoring can be heard.

Ukishima (浮島: The floating island)
An island on the Togawa (砥川: River To), which runs through the rear of the Haru Shrine. On the island is Ukishima sha (浮島社: a small shrine on Ukishima) Legend credits the island with the ability of surviving any floodwaters.

Hoyano-no Sanko (穂屋野の三光: The three rays in Hoyano)
It is believed that the three rays from the sun ,the moon and a star are to be seen at the same time from the former Misayama Shrine (旧御射山社).
source : Legends and folk tales of Suwa

. omiwatari 御神渡 (おみわたり) gods crossing the frozen lake  
kigo for late winter

Akenoumi 開けの海 means the lake does not freeze and there is no omiwatari in a year.
This happened in February 21, 2009, just before the ceremony before Yatsurugi Shrine 八剣神社 in Suwa City, Nagano Prefecture.


kamiyu 神湯 "hot water of the deity", hot spring

with public bath, Kamiyu (open) and Shimoyu (half closed)


Misayama ya kyoo ichi nichi no hana susuki

today, all day
blooming pampas grass

Kobayashi Issa 一茶
Tr. David Lanoue

More haiku by Issa about this area








noan mo hoya no o-yaku ni tachi-keri


. WKD : Kobayashi Issa 小林一茶 in Edo .

misayama ya mite mo suzushiki susuki-bashi

Misayama Mountain --
I feel cooler just seeing
chopsticks of green reed

Tr. Chris Drake

This hokku is from the 7th month (August) of 1821.
Issa went to the large Suwa Shinto Shrine to see the Misayama Festival, held from 7/26 to 7/30, which was accompanied by sumo contests and many other events. On 7/27 (August 24th in 1821) priests and a group of believers go up the low mountain and build a hut walled and thatched with miscanthus, a kind of reed growing to 5-7 feet high, with striking tufts on the top. There they commune with the gods of the shrine and pray.

Meanwhile the Misayama Shrine at the foot of the mountain distributes special chopsticks from the still green stalks of miscanthus reeds to believers, who then eat special rice with the chopsticks. People later take these reed chopsticks home and put them beside bowls of rice that they place in small shrines in their homes to the Suwa Shrine gods, who are believed to bring good harvests. Issa has received a pair of these chopsticks, and even before he eats with them and thereby symbolically shares his rice with the gods, the sight of the green stalks used as chopsticks makes him feel cooler on this probably hot early autumn day.

A little more than a year later a breeze blowing from Lake Suwa, about 80 miles from his hometown, causes Issa to write:

suzushisa wa kami-yo no sama yo susuki-bashi

this coolness
from the age of the gods --
chopsticks of green reed

The breeze seems to remind Issa of his experience at the Suwa Shrine, and the timeless time of the gods descends on him again for a few moments, cooling and refreshing him.

Basho also has a hokku about the Misayama Festival reed-thatched prayer hut in the first part of the Sarumino anthology. It evokes early winter:

yuki chiru ya hoya no susuki no kari-nokoshi

scattering snowflakes --
tufted reeds left uncut
for the thatched prayer hut

This hokku suggests loneliness because being cut to serve as part of a wall or the roof in the reed hut -- called the Tufted Hut -- into which gods descend on Misayama Mountain during the Misayama Festival was considered a great honor. The stalks that remain are therefore those that have been passed over and were unable to take part. Now, left behind, the dry, tufted reeds stand amid a snow flurry, accentuating with their astringent straightness the swirling of the flakes.

Some dictionaries give "Japanese pampas grass" for susuki reeds, but strictly speaking they are miscanthus reeds (Miscanthus sinensis). A look at Wiki photos will show that miscanthus is slightly slimmer than pampas grass and its tufts more like soft tassels than the long plumes of the pampas grass, with can suggest spearheads.

Here is a photo of chopsticks made from miscanthus reeds.
The stalks are still green, but in late autumn they turn completely light brown.

Chris Drake

Shrines visited by
. Matsuo Basho 松尾芭蕉 - Archives of the WKD .


saoshika ya shadan ni tsuno o tatematsuru

a stag offers
his old antlers
to a Shinto shrine

Tr. Chris Drake

This hokku was written in the 4th month (May) of 1824.
Issa's diary says he visited the local Suwa Shinto shrine on 4/15, so the hokku may be based on what he saw there. The Sino-Japanese word shadan (社壇) means a sacred building at a Shinto shrine, so the stag in the hokku seems to have shed his old antlers right in front of a hall of worship at a rural shrine near some woods inhabited by deer. Some Shinto shrines, including the Kashima Shrine, visited by Issa several years earlier, have sacred deer living on their precincts, but the shrine in this hokku seems to be an ordinary Shinto shrine. I take the image to be of a set of antlers left earlier near the steps or entrance to the shrine main building dedicated to the shrine's god or gods, since it seems unlikely the stag is shedding his antlers in front of many people. Deer hunting was widespread in mountainous Shinano, where Issa is living, so the stag would be putting himself in danger if he appeared in broad daylight in an area visited by many humans, even if hunters couldn't hunt within the precincts of the shrine. Issa obviously feels that the stag had some sort of awareness that the shrine was a sacred place and that his placement of his antlers is the result of that awareness, whatever the exact nature of that awareness is.

Although Issa attributes certain feelings to the stag, this hokku doesn't seem to be based on strong personification. It simply points to the location of the antlers as a sign that the stag instinctively wanted to offer something that once had great importance in a place that seemed peaceful and spiritual. In Shinto many gods are depicted as riding on stags or using stags as their assistants, so the fallen antlers would probably be treated with great respect and care by the shrine priests.

Chris Drake


source :

meigetsu ya usagi no wataru Suwa no umi

In harvest moonlight--
rabbits seem to be running
over the lake of Suwa.

Tr. Sawa/ Shiffert

. Yosa Buson 与謝蕪村 in Edo .

In former times, on a moonlit night, when the lake showed white waves, this was called "a rabbit is running" 兎が走る.

. WKD : The Hare (Rabbit) in the Moon .
pounding rice cakes

Related words

The great shrine Suwa Taisha Kamisha (Upper Suwa Shrine) 諏訪神社上社 issued special amulet-permits and the chopsticks to eat "meat from the mountains", which took away the "spiritual pollution" when eating meat.
kajiki no men 鹿食之免料理
***** . kajikibashi 鹿食箸
chopsticks to eat "mountain meat"

from Suwa Shrine


. Niino no yukimatsuri 新野の雪祭 (にいののゆきまつり)
snow festival at Niino .

Tenryu, Nagano


Suwa Jinja, Nishi-Nippori, Tokyo

This shrine was built in the Kamakura period.
From its hill there is a good view to Mount Fujisan.

Kasamatsu Shirō 笠松紫浪 (1898-1991)


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Mie Prefecture Festivals


Mie Prefecture Autumn Festivals


Autumn is the season of harvest.
City festivals, which were originally traditions and ceremonies used to thank for the year's harvest, will be held in various towns.
Enjoy autumn festival with singing and dancing.

Until Nov. 7 OSHIRO MATSURI at Ueno
Castle, Iga-shi. A special exhibition of the
inside of the castle along with an exhibition
of seasonal flowers, including
chrysanthemums, is being held. There are
many events. Call: Ueno-jo 0595-21-3148

Sept. 30 & Oct. 1 SOHEI MATSURI
(Monk Soldiers Festival) at Yunoyama
Onsen. Kaen Mikoshi, portable shrines with
46 blazing torches, will be carried by fifty
people dressed in ancient monk soldier's
costumes. The highlight is the dynamic
sound of drums. This festival is in
conjunction with a memorial service for the
monk who discovered a hot spring in this
area (Yunoyama hot spring). Komono-cho,
Mie-gun. Call: Yunoyama Onsen Kyokai

Sept. 30 & Oct. 1 ISOBE MATSURI
(Town Festival) around the Town Hall,
Isobe-cho, Shima-shi. Local products will
be sold and interesting performances are
performed. Call: 0599-55-3607


at Hana no Iwaya Shrine in Kumano-shi.

This unique rope ceremony is held twice a year in Feb. and Oct. A giant rope is suspended from a really big rock (45 m high), which forms an object of worship. The main deity is Izanami no Mikoto イザナミノミコト
10:00 - 11:30 A.M.
. . . CLICK here for Photos !


at Kosai-ji Temple (also known as Darumadera Temple), Suzuka-shi.

memorial service for "Daruma tumbler dolls" that were used for making wishes last year and whose wishes were granted in 2005 is held.


Oct. 5 MISHIODEN-SAI (Salt Ceremony)
at Mishioden Shrine, Futami-cho, Ise-shi.
Held for five days to pray for the safety of
the people who produce salt at Mishioden
Shrine in Futami-cho and also for the
development of the salt industry. Salt, a
vital food of life, has been thought to be an
important offering for the gods and
goddesses since ancient days. Salt has been
made in Futami-cho since ancient times, and
is used for cooking and is offered to the gods
and goddesses at the Grand Shrine of Ise.
This salt is also used to purify worshippers at
each ceremony. Call: Jingu Shicho 0596-24-

(Abalone Festival) around Wagu gyoko.
9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. Call: Awabi-okoku
Matsuri Jikko Iinkai 0599-85-1114
at Ibuta-ji Temple, Matsusaka-shi. Call:

Oct. 8 USHI MATSURI (Beef Barbecue
Festival) at Riverside Chakura, Matsusakashi.
Enjoy Matsusaka Beef. Reservation
Necessary. Call: 0598-32-3223

Katte Shrine, Iga-shi. Kakko Odori (drum
dance), a cultural treasure of Mie Prefecture,
will be performed. Call: Iga-shi 0595-45-

OHMATSURI Many night stalls will be
open. Oct. 13 Ceremony at Kitabatake
Shrine, Misugi-cho, Tsu-shi. This festival
has the atmosphere of the Muromachi
Period. Call: 059-275-0615

Oct. 12 BASHOSAI at Ueno Park, Iga-shi.
A memorial service in honor of Matsuo Basho's
great achievement. He was the most famous
Haiku Poet in Japan. Call: Bunka Kokusaika

DAIBUSSANKAI (Sales Of Special
Products in Mie) at the Yokkaichi Store of
Chubu Kintetsu Department. Food,
handicrafts and pearl accessories will be
displayed and sold. Call: Mie-ken Bussan
Shinko-kai 059-213-0700

Oct. 14 HISAI MATSURI around Hisai
Office. 10:00 A.M. - 7:30 P.M. Many
products will be sold. A costume contest
will be held. Call: 059-255-3110

Oct. 14 SUZUNONE-ICHI (Bell Sound
Festival) around Matsusaka Station,
Matsusaka-shi. This exhibition is connected
with Motoori Norinaga, a scholar from the
Edo Period. Call: Matsusaka-shi Shoko
Kanko-ka 0598-53-4406

MATSURI (Tea Leaves Festival) at
Nakano-yama Pilot, Kameyama-shi. You
can experience harvesting tea leaves. An
outdoor tea ceremony and a photo contest
are also held. Call: Kameyama Aozora Ocha
Matsuri Jikko Iinkai 0595-84-5082

Oct. 14 KANMISO-SAI (Garment
Ceremony) on May and October 14th, the
Kanmiso-sai or garment ceremony is held
every year. This ceremony is for the
seasonal change of clothing for gods and
goddesses. Silk and hemp are offered to the
gods and goddesses of Ise Jingu. These silk
and hemp garments are woven from the 1st
through the 13th of May and October at the
Kan-hatori-hatadono Shrine (silk) and the
Kan-omi-hatadono Shrine (hemp) in
Matsusaka which are both affiliated with Ise
Jingu. Call: 0596-24-1111

Festival) at Ago-cho, Shima-shi. Call: Agocho
Shoko Kanko Kankyo-ka 0599-43-0711

Oct. 14 & 15 THE 5th TOBA
at Toba Shimin-no-mori Park, Toba-shi.
Craftsmen from all over Japan will gather at
Toba to exhibit and sale their works. Call:
Toba-shi Kanko Kyokai 0599-25-3019

Oct. 15 SEKIFUNE MATSURI at Kihokucho.
This festival goes back to the Edo
Period to pray for a bountiful harvest and
marine safety. 40 men dressed in white
kimonos will carry a "sekifune" or ship,
which kept pirates under tight control, on
their shoulders and march bravely in the
town. Call: Miyama-cho Suisan Shoko-ka

Oct. 15 - 17 KANNAMESAI The most
important ceremony at Ise Jingu. First fruits
are offered to the Great Sun Goddess.
Ohmatsuri, the city festival of Ise, used to
take place during this period. Call: Jingu
Shicho 0596-24-1111

YOKKAICHI at Australia Memorial Hall,
Yokkaichi. 10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
Oroducts, nature and sightseeing will be
introduced. A 10 minute walk from JR
Tomita Station. Call: Australia Fair in
Yokkaichi Jikko Iinkai 059-354-8176

Oct. 21 & 22 2006 BELLFARM
Matsusaka-shi. Special products and slow
food will be sold. You can experience
pounding rice cakes and eating them. Call:
Bellfarm 0598-63-0050

Oct. 22 SHOKO MATSURI at Chuo
Oroshiuri Ichiba, Mikumo-cho, Matsusakashi.
The main attractions are a character
show (Kamen Rider), a quiz, and a street
performance. Call: Mikumo-cho Shoko-ka

Thanksgiving Festival) at Kashikojima
Harbor, Ago-cho, Shima-shi. A parade of
rafts featuring a giant pearl will be exhibited
in Ago Bay. Call: Shinmei Shinju Yoshoku
Gyogyo Kyodo Kumiai Ago-cho Shoko
Kanko-ka 0599-43-1010

Oct. 27 - 29 ISE YOIYANA (Candle Lit
Festival) at Oharai-machi, Ise-shi. 500
candles will be lit along Oharai-machi in
front of the Grand Shrine of Ise. Call: Iseshi
Kanko Seisaku-ka 0596-21-5566

Itsukinomiya Historical Hall, Meiwa-cho,
Traditional art including Meiwa Drum,
sacred songs and music will be performed.
Saio, selected as princess of Saio Matsuri,
will be on the stage. Special products from
Meiwa will be sold. Call: 0596-52-3890

Oct. 28 & 29 OIN SUZUAKA -
SPECIAL PRODUCTS at Shopping Center
Shiroko Suns. Local Special Products will
be sold and sightseeing information will be
exhibited. Call: Suzuka-shi Tourist
Association 059-380-5595

MATSURI at Takihara, Taiki-cho. Special
products are sold. You can eat them and
participate in various events. Call: Taiki-cho
Kanko Kyokai 0598-86-2243

Oct. 29 FUREAI FIESTA around Hakusancho
Gym, Tsu-shi. Agricultural products as
well as forestry and wood products will be
sold. Call: Fureai Fiesta Jikko Iinkai 059-

Nov. 3 KENZUI MATSURI 2006 at
Ayama Furusato Shinrin Park, Iga-shi. 60
stalls selling special products. Dishes
cooked in a big pot for 500 people will be
served. Call: Iga-shi Ayama-shisho Sangyo
Kensetsu-ka 0595-43-1544

Kiwa Kaiyo Center, Kiwa-cho, Kumano-shi.
Local products are on display and for sale,
with games and drum performances. Call:
kumano-shi Kanko Sports Koryu-ka 0597-

MATSURI at Toba-shi. Recreation of the
parade of the medieval navy in Toba. Call:
Toba-shi Kanko Kyokai 0599-25-3019

Nov. 3 TAKATORA RAKUZA at Phoenix
Street, Marunouchi, Tsu-shi. To remember
the days of Todo Takatora (a feudal lord in
the Edo Period), various events are held.
Call: Shogyo Kasseika-shitsu 059-229-3169

MATSURI at Seki-juku, Kameyama-shi.
200 old houses in the Edo Period still remain
in Seki Juku, a station of the Old Tokaido
Road. In this old own, Mikoshi. A portable
shrine contest will be held. Floats parade
through the town and special products will
be sold. Call: Tokaido Seki-juku Kaido
Matsuri Jikko Iinkai Jimusho 0595-84-5049

Myoraku-ji Temple, Matsusaka-shi. You
can see a ritual for Motoori Norinaga, a
famous philosopher of the Edo Period, and
traditional rice cake throwing. Call:
Matsusaka-shi Kanko-ka 0598-53-4406

Nov. 11 & 12 ISE RAKUICHI around
Geku, the Grand Shrine of Ise, Ise-shi.
Local speciality products and foods are sold.
Sacred dances and music are also performed.
Call: Ise-shi Kanko Kyokai 0596-21-5566

MATSURI 2006 (Industrial Fair) at the
bicycle race track, Yokkaichi-shi. 10:00
A.M. - 4:00 P.M. Local products will be
sold. Call: Yokkaichi-shi 0593-53-8100

Nov. 12 SHIGUREKI at Furusato Kaikan,
Iga-shi. A memorial service for Basho will
be held. Haiku winners selected in a contest
will be announced. Call: Iga-shi Bunka
Kokusai-ka 0595-22-9624

Nov. 12 FUREAI MATSURI 2006 at
Ichishi-cho, Sogo Taiikukan. Character
Show. Contest of carp. Display of Japanese
hens and cocks. Call: Ichishi-cho Fureai
Matsuri Jikko Iinkai 059-293-2211

Nov. 18 & 19 MIEKEN GINO
BUNKASAI (Technique Skill Festival) at
Messe Wing Mie, Tsu-shi. You can know
the special skill and experience of making
something. Call: Mie-ken Seikatsu-bu Kinro
Koyo Shien-shitsu 059-224-2465

at Sangyo Bunka Center, Iinan Junior High
School and Riverside Chakura, Iinan-cho.
Exhibition of the works of cultural class
students and a display and sale of
agricultural products of the town. Call:
Norin Suisan Shoko-ka 0598-32-2513

REISAI (Autumn Festival) at Kobe-no-miya
Yomo Shrine, Taki-cho. This shrine is
unique to Japan for its name, "kobe"
meaning wisdom. Students visit here to pray
for success and to get good luck charms
during the season of entrance examinations.
Try it, you just might pass the test! Call:

Nov. 23 NIFUNE MATSURI at Kuzaki
Port, Toba-shi. Two boats with 5 crew of
two areas in Kuzaki race to pray for
bountiful harvest. The race predicts the
year's fish harvest. If Satoya area won the
race, gray mullets, or if kaimatani Area won,
sardine will have a good catch this year.
Cal: Kuzaki Chonaikai 0599-33-7428

Nov. 23 YABUSAME-SAI at Riding
Ground, Tado Taisha Shrine, Kuwana-shi.
11:30 A.M. A man on horseback equipped
with a bow and arrow takes three
consecutive shots at a target in accordance
with Ogasawara School of etiquette. Call:
Tado-Taisha Shamusho 0594-48-2037

Nov. 23 2nd FUREAI FESTA at Aoyama
Hall Parking lot, Aoyama-shisho Iga-shi.
Crops will be sold at bargain prices. Call:

Junen-ji Temple, Kuwana-shi. People
disguised as SHICHIFUKU-JIN (the seven
gods of good luck) will parade through the
town. There will be a taisho-goto (Japanese
stringed instrument) performance.

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