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Fire Festival (Shinshiro, Aichi Pref.)

2013/06/12

Hiondori

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Norimoto Manto

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 Place/Calendar 

①Hiondori     Date:Every 15 August
        Place:Shingenzuka

②Nabezuru Manto Date:Every 15 August
           Place:Mantoyama (Ichikawa)

③Norimoto Manto  Date:Every 15 August
           Place:Mantoyama (Norimoto)
 



 Overview 

①Hiondori
This is the ceremony to repose more than 10,000 souls of dead in the battle of Nagashino between the coalition groups of Nobunaga Oda & Ieyasu Tokugawa (35,000 soldiers) versus Katsuyori Takeda (15,000 soldiers) on 29 June, 1575.

According to the legend, dead bodies were buried in the mound at Shingenzuka after the battle. And lots of bees broke out from the mound and made trouble to local people.
The local people thought the trouble occurred because of the dead of the battle and started the ceremony to repose the dead of Takeda soldiers.

At this ceremony, parade of torches can be seen and finally people brandish big torches (3m height, 80cm diameters) like shape of "8". Movement of fire in darkness is overwhelming.

The name of Hiondori is transformed word of "Hiodori (fire dance)".

<Access>
By train:From "Mikawa Togo Sta.", 15min. by walk.
By car: From Tomei Highway "Toyokawa Exit",30min.


②Nabezuru Manto
At the night of 15 August, big torches are set at inclined plane at the mountain, and fired up to repose and thank ancestor.
The name of this ceremony is named after the shape of light in darkness. Nabezuru means handle of kettle (U shape).

<Access>
By train:From "Torii Sta.", 2min. by walk. (view point)
By car: From Tomei Highway "Toyokawa Exit",40min.


③Norimoto Manto
This is also the ceremony to pray for ancestor and repose evil spirits on every 15 August.
Youths swing Manto (fire set at the tip of 5 - 6m long rope) on their heads.

<Access>
By train:From "Torii Sta.", 2min. by walk. (view point)
By car: From Tomei Highway "Toyokawa Exit",40min.
 



 Highlight 

Even if it is difficult to make up your mind whether to go and see, all ceremony's features (light in darkness) is so tasteful and moving.



 Contact 

0536-32-0022(Shinshiro Tourist Association)

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