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Traditional Parade of Decorated Horses (Minamikiso, Nagano Pref.)

2013/07/02

 Place/Calendar 

<Place>
・Itsumiya Jinja (shrine) 
 Minamikiso

<Calendar>
・Every 3 October
 6 October, 2013 (Sun.)



 Overview 

This ceremony is carried out to pray for good harvest and safty of family.


Conducted by traditional instrument play of flutes and drums, 3 horses carrying saddle decorated with flowers on their backs walk through the town.
After the parade circle around the shrine 3 times, sightseers run up to horses and scramble for the flowers.
People take the flowers to their home and display them at the entrance of houses or ridges between rice field as the object to drive out evil spirits and insects.
 



 History 

5 colors papers decorate 365 sticks on the horseback imitates ear of rice.
5 colors indicates "clear sky, rich harvest grain, sun, clean water, and fertile soil".


On the saddle of the 1st horse of the parade, Himorogi (on which the god ride on made of sakaki plant and white paper) is fixed.
2nd horse carries chrysanthemum (indicates good harvest), and 3rd horse carries bamboo flag (indicates ear of rice) on their backs.
 



 Highlight 

The parade of horses and local people walk through histrical road of "Kyu Nakasendo" is very peaceful and tasteful features.

The view of the parade; colorful sticks on the horseback are shining in blue autumn sky and tasteful townscape, is picturesque.



 Access/Fees/Opening hours/Contact etc. 

<Access>
①By train
 From "Tadachi Sta." of JR Chuo Honsen Line, 10min. by walk.

<Contact>
 0264-57-2727(Minamikoso Town Tourist Association)

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