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Fukui prefecture


. Regional Festivals - From Hokkaido to Okinawa .


Fukui Prefecture - 福井県

located in the Chūbu region on Honshū island.
The capital is the city of Fukui.
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. Fukui - Entries of this BLOG .


. Doogen-Ki 道元忌 Memorial Day for Dogen .
Eihei-Ji Temple 永平寺 a famous training temple for Zen

. Tsuruga matsuri 敦賀祭 Tsuruga festival .
Kehi matsuri 気比祭 Kehi shrine festival


. "Oikemono Jinji (オイケモノ神事)" .
Wakasa Kamo Jinja 若狭 加茂神社 Kamisha 上社 Upper Shrine
(and more about Wakasa festivals)


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Narcissus Festival
Echizen Manzai
Katsuyama Sagicho Matsuri Festival
Mizumi Dengaku and Noh Dances
Omizuokuri (Water-Sending Ritual)
Echizen Historical Costume Parade, Fukui Spring Festival
Maruoka Cherry Blossom Festival
Hanakae (Flower Exchange) Festival
Rennyoki for priest Rennyo
Mikuni Festival
Echizen Pottery Festival
Awara Kitagata Lakeside Iris Festival
Lotus Festival
Fukui Phoenix Festival
Wakasa Oi Super Fireworks Festival
Mikuni Fireworks Festival
-TAIKO Drummer Concert
Hojoe Matsuri Festival
Takefu Chrysanthemum Doll Festival
Fukui Cosmos Festival
Kuzuryu Autumn Leaves Festival
Mikuni Hot Spring and Crab Festival
Daianzenji Temple New Year’s Ringing of Temple Bells
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. Regional Dishes from Japan - WASHOKU .

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O no Mai Wakasa


O no Mai (oo no mai 王の舞) dance of the king
'O-no Mai'

The 'Ono Mai' dance, held every April 8th at Uwase Jinja (Shrine) is designated as one of the nation's intangible folklore cultural assets.
It involves a lively ritual dance performed as a prayer to secure good harvests, bumper catches of fish and nation-wide peace.

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Uwase Shrine (宇波西神社), Mikata, on April 8th.
The dancer, who wore a red-faced and long-nosed mask (like Tengu) and dressed in red clothes, performed a valiant dance to wish a bumper harvest this year.

Water-spouting statue of cormorant in Temizuya
(手水舎, purification trough) at Uwase Jinja (宇波西神社).
Uwase Jinja enshrines Ugayafukiaezu-no-mikoto (鵜草葺不合尊, meaning "cormorant-rush-thatching-unfinished"), who is the father of Emperor Jinmu, and is originated in a folklore with a cormorant. Cormorant is a holy bird here.

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. temizuya 手水舎 purification font, purification trough .

This dance is performed at many shrines in the Wakasa region. Probably its origin was a "Dragon King Dance" ryuuoo no mai 竜王の舞.
maybe people chased a wild oxen and put on a tengu mask to chase it.

The first dance is performed with long spears, and sometimes called
sanben kaeshi 三遍返し(さんべんかえし)
followed by
honmai 本舞 main dance
suzume odori 雀踊り(すずめおどり)dance of the starlings
nigirimeshi ニギリメシ "Nigiri rice balls"

Every shrine has its own unique version of the dance, which is performed at the Shrine Spring Festival. In Wakasa, this is the sign that spring has finally come.


Shrine Uwase Jinja 宇波西神社
Mikata, Wakasa 三方郡 若狭 
上瀬宮 (Kamise no miya)

Uwase shinji 宇波西神事 Uwase Shinto ritual

source : fujun/archives

This shrine was one of the most important along the Hokuriku coast of Japan.
The customs came from Hyuuga in Miyazaki 日向(宮崎県), here called Hiruga 日向(ひるが) around 701. On the 8th day of the third lunar month, each home was purified (yagitoo やぎとう) by a Shinto ritual, complete with Dengaku dance and food offerings.
(This is now celebrated on April 8.)

In the village of Hiruga, once the fisherman Rokuro-Uemon 六郎右衛門 was visited by a cormorant, who asked him to help a princess at the bottom of the sea. At the bottom he found a sword, which be brought to his home and prayed to it on his Shinto house altar. Then in his dream the deity Ugayafukiaezu appeared and ordered him to build a shrine and pray to him at Kamise 上瀬. This is the old name of Uwase shrine.

Deitiy in residence

鵜草葺不合尊 Ugayafukiaezu no mikoto
father of Jinmu Tenno 神武天皇

Other names: Hikonagisatake ugayafukiaezu no mikoto(Kojiki)

The son of Hohodemi (Ninigi's son) and Toyotamabime (Watatsumi's daughter); the father of Emperor Jinmu.
Ugayafukiaezu's name ("cormorant-rush-thatching-unfinished") is associated with the events of his birth; according to an "alternate writing" related by Nihongi, the name was given by his mother Toyotamabime.
As an offspring of the imperial grandchild by a sea goddess, he was born within a parturition hut built beside the seashore. But his mother's labor began before the parturition hut was fully thatched with cormorant feathers, and Toyotamabime was seen in labor by Ninigi.
In humiliation, Toyotamabime wrapped the newborn child in grass, and abandoned him by the seashore, where he was found and raised by Toyotamabime's sister Tamayoribime. (Tamayori hime)

According to another "alternate writing" of Nihongi, Toyotamabime could not bring herself to abandon the child, and took him up and returned with him to her palace in the sea. Since she felt it unfit that an offspring of the Heavenly Grandchild be raised within the sea, however, she gave him to her sister Tamayoribime to be taken to the land.
Ugayafukiaezu later married his aunt Tamayoribime and fathered the kami Itsuse no mikoto, Inahi no mikoto, Mikenu no mikoto, and
Kamuyamatoiwarebiko (Emperor Jinmu)
source : Mori Mizue, Kokugakuin 2005

. Tamayori Hime from Yoshino Mikumari Jinja .

. Samekawa Ablutions (Samekawa misogi ) .
佐女川神社(さめがわじんじゃ) Shrine Samegawa Jinja
Tamayori hime no mikoto 玉依姫命(たまよりひめのみこと)

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. U 鵜(う)cormorant .
The cormorant is the sacred animal of the deity
鵜草葺不合尊 Ugayafukiaezu no mikoto

. The Dragon Art Gallery – 2012 .

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Hanakae Matsuri


Flower Exchange Festival (hanakae matsuri)

***** Location: Kanegasaki Town, Tsuruga City
***** Season: Late Spring
***** Category: Observance


Flower-exchanging festival 花換祭 / 花換祭り
はなかえまつり / はなかへまつり
Fest zum Austausch von Kirschblütenzweigen

CLICK for many more photos This festival takes place from the first to 15th of April at the town of Kanegasaki, in Tsuruga City 敦賀, Fukui Prefecture.
Shrine Kanesakiguu 金ヶ崎宮
金ヶ崎 花換え祭り

This shrine is famous as a location of the battle between Nitta Yoshisada and the army of the Ashikaga shogun in the Nambokucho period.

The stone stairs up to the shrine are 92 KU NI, meaning "to have no worries" and you have to run them up to get rid of your worries.

It is one of the great cherry blossom viewing points of the area, with more than 1000 somei yoshino cherry blossoms trees and a splendid view over the port of Tsuruga.
People come to enjoy the blossoms, eat some yakitori and sweet potatoes (for a sweet love life ) prepared by the "seinen kurabu" (now they are elderly men, but work hard to keep the little community alive).

You buy an artificial branch with cherry blossoms at the shrine office and are free to exchange it with anyone you fance, smiling and saying "Let us exchange flowers!" This is now a great spot for young lovers.

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Young "luck-bringing girls" (fuku musume 福娘) sell the branches in the street too.

Another speciality are the
"Cherry blossom cookies",
sakura kukkii 桜クッキー

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They are round cookies with one cherry blossom in the middle and only sold during the festival.


Festivals where things are exchanged
by Mogi Sakae

usokae shinji , Bullfinch-exchanging rite.
A rite held during the night of January seventh at the shrine Dazaifu tenmangū in Dazaifu City, Fukuoka prefecture. Bullfinches (uso) made of wood are used as charms against fire. People take their bullfinches that are covered with the preceding year's grime to the Tenman shrine, and everyone exchanges bullfinches with anyone else freely, saying "kaemashō, kaemashō " ("Let's trade, let's trade"). During this excitement the shinshoku (shrine priests) lose themselves among the crowd of worshippers and walk about surreptitiously passing out the shrine's twelve bullfinches. Those who get one of the gold bullfinches are said to receive good fortune for the year.

The festival called onisube, famous for protection from fire, is observed after the bullfinch festival. Two groups of nearly one hundred people each are divided into the "demon guards" and the "smoke handlers." The latter light a huge mound of fresh pine piled up outside of the shrine hall with sacred fire (or by rubbing two sticks together), and fan the smoke into the shrine with an enormous fan. On the inside the demon guards beat the slat board walls with wooden mallets. Then, drawn by torches, the smoke-covered demons try to go around the shrine, but the shrine priests throw parched beans at them. People strike the demon masks that the performers wear with staffs called utsue. After going around the outside and inside of the shrine through the smoke and ash the demons come to a stop.
The usokae shinji at the shrine Kamadotenjinsha in Kōtō-ku, Tokyo is said to have been brought from Dazaifutenmangū.

On January fifth there is an usokae matsuri also at the shrine Meihamatenmangū in Fukuoka City, Fukuoka prefecture. Similar to the bullfinch rites is the hatokaeshi shinji (dove-exchanging rite) at the shrine Usajingu in Usa City, Ōita prefecture.

There is a tamakaeshi matsuri (gem-exchanging festival) on January twenty-first in which tama gems are traded at Miyajidake Jinja, Munakata-gun, Fukuoka prefecture.
In addition, there are festivals such as the okinjokaeshi matsuri in Hinagu, Ashikita-gun, Kumamoto prefecture, in which dolls are traded,
and the hanakae matsuri (flower-exchanging festival) at the shrine Kanezakigū in Tsuruga City, Fukui prefecture.
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Usokae うそ替え / 鷽替え exchanging carved bullfinches

. kiku kuyoo 菊供養 memorial ritual for chrysanthemums .
Asakusa Kannon Temple, Tokyo
People by one chrysanthemums offered at stalls and persent it on the altar as an offering to the Kannon deity.
Then they take a flower which had been offered by someone else and take it home. This is their amulet for warding off evil influence in the coming year.

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Other forms of "Cherry blossom cookies"
sakura kukkii 桜クッキー

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