・Kishiki Jinja (Shrine)
Kishiwade Tenjingu (Shrine), and old town
・Every Sat. & Sun. before
Respect-for-the-Aged Day Holiday in September
14 (Sat.) - 15 (Sun.) September, 2013
Needless to say, it is one of famous festival in Japan. 22 Danjiris (floats made of Keyaki; Japanese zelkova) run through the city.
Basically, the festival has been carried to pray for good harvest. But nowadays, the purpose of the festival seems to change to tighten communication with neighbors.
Heavy Danjiri (4t) turn the corners of the roads and run through the city vigorously.
During 2 day festival, Danjiris circulate the same route repeatedly.
The team has to be in perfect order to make Danjiri turn the every corner of the roads smoothly (the skill and technique is called "Yarimawashi").
Youths in front line pull Danjiri, "Maeteko" controll Danjiri turn the corners of the roads, "Ushirodeko" plays the role of controlling the steering of Danjiri. "Daikugata" plays the role to send sign to "Ushirodeko" timing of controlling the wheels of Danjiri. Each role has important responsibility and need to be experienced.
All roles has to work in perfect harmony to make Danjiri smoothly and accurately.
The festival has more than 300 years history.
History says that Nagayasu Okabe (the feudal load of the domain of Kishiwada) started to pray for good harvest of rice, wheat, beans and so on when he built shrine to enshrine the god of Inari Jinja of Kyoto inside the caltle in 1703.
In this festival, children to old people has own roles depends on their ages. This custom has been succeeded since the festival started.
It is breathtaking, exciting, and overwhelming to see Danjiri run at full speed in the city!
People run with Danjiri, their vivid voice, Happi (traditional costume), performance of "Daikugata (standing and jumping at the top of the Danjiri rythmically; 4m height)" are belle of the festival.
Beauty of Danjiri is must-see features, such as the design to make use of grain of Keyaki; Japanese zelkova and wood curving skills of craftman.
Especially, theme of wood curving is attractive, for example, human, horses, sacred beasts, flowers and birds, famous scene of stories of the battles and myth, Kabuki, Joruri (traditional puppet show) and so on.
Different from loud noise in day time, illuminated Danjiri in the night shows us tasteful and fantastic view. About 200 lanterns light up Danjiri from 19 - 22.
Contrast between vividness of full speed of Danjiri in day time and graceful appearance of Danjiri in the night is attractive feature of the festival.
The view of running Danjiri in front of Kishiwada Castle is picturesque. Every single aspect like Danjiri, people, atmosphere is overflowing with attractive, exciting, and enthusiastic feature.
Access/Fees/Opening hours/Contact etc.
From "Takojizo Sta." of Nankai Line, 5min. by walk.
072-423-9486 (Kishiwada City)
072-436-0914（Kishiwada City Tourism Promotion Association）