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Parade of Floats (Tagawa, Fukuoka Pref.)

2013/08/12


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 Place/Calendar 

<Place>
・Fuuji Hachmangu (shrine)
 Tagawa

<Calendar>
・Every 3rd Sat. & the next Sun. in May



 Overview 

Once a year, the god of Fuuji Hachimangu rides on the portable shrine and accrosses Hikosangawa (river) to "Otabisho (the rest place of the god)" followed by Yamagasa (float) and goes back to the shrine on next day.

It is designated as intangeble folk cultural asset by the prefecture.
 



 History 

The origin of the festival dates back to Eiroku period (1558 - 1570) when bad disease spreaded out in this region.
The local people prayed at Fuuji Hachimangu and their wishes came true.
As their appreciation to the god, this ceremony started.

Since then, the festival has been succeeded for about 450 years.




 Highlight 

Yamagasa (float) is decorated with flag and "Baren" on which the god ride.
"Baren" is long bar decorated with colorful flowers and many "Baren" is set on the top of the float. It looks like colorful umbrella.
When the floats accross the river, "Baren" wave to left and right. 
Floats line up in the river is magnificet view.

Also, sounds of traditional bell and drums add tasteful feature to the ceremony.
 



 Access/Fees/Opening hours/Contact etc. 

<Access>
①By train
 From "Tagata Ita Sta." of JR, Hita Hikoyama Line, 5min. by walk.

②By car
 Parking the car at the space of Tagawa City office is recommended.
 The shuttle bus will be operated between the pariking space and the 
 festival place. The bus departs every 10 - 15min.

<Contact>
 0947-44-3150(Tagawa Chamber of Commerce)

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