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・Suwa Jinja (Shrine)
・Every 26 - 27 August
6 pairs of big lanterns are displayed at the shrine and lighten summer night. (length of the lantern is about 6 - 10m).
Pictures and pattens of the characters from myth and history are drawn on the lanterns.
Shinto rituals are dedicated to the god of the shrine, like traditional performance and drums on 26, sumo match and Japanese art of archery on 27.
Suwa Jinja was built in 1558 - 1570 as split god of Suwa Daimyojin (Shrine) in Shinano (today's Nagano pref.).
Legend says that the festival started to drive away the evil of the sea by burning bonfire.
Wavering fire of the lanterns is fantastic and tasteful.
It is attractive to see preparation on 26. Youths climb up the roofs to hang the lanterns without lifeline.
Access/Fees/Opening hours/Contact etc.
From "Nishio Sta." Meitetsu Line, get on Meitetsu Bus for Mikawa Isshiki
and get off at "Tihobashi". From the bus stop, 10min. by walk.
・From Tomei Highway "Gamagori Exit", 50min.
・From Chitahanto Highway "Agui Exit", 50min.
0563-73-4276 (Suwa Jinja)
0563-56-2111（Nishio Tourist Association）