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Parade of Floats (Handa, Aichi Pref.)

2013/08/10


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 Place/Calendar 

<Place>
・Kamezaki, Handa 
 (Kamisaki Jinja, Owari Sanja areas)

<Calendar>
・Every 3 - 4 May



 Overview 

This is Shinto ritual of Kamisaki Jinja (shrine).
5 floats parade to the sea shore when it is low tide. So, this festival is also known as "Festival of low tide".
It is based on the legend of the Emperor Jinmu (the first Emperor of Japan and the god enshrined at Kamisaki Jinja) ; he arrived on the shore of today's Handa city on his way to the east.
 
The magnificent decoration and design of the floats reflects the age of matured culture of Edo.

It is nationally designated as intangeble folk cultural asset.
 



 History 

According to the legend, 18 samurai families, who moved to here in 15th century, set bamboos and stretched curtain around them on carts and walked around the town.
Peole said that it is origin of the festival. 
 
In 18th century, the carts became gorgeous floats as you see nowadays.
In the old picture drawn in 1755, features of the festival in old time can be seen.



 Highlight 

Features of the floats is magnificent view; beautifully embroidered curtain, art works of artisans of carvings of the floats line up in front of Kamisaki Jinja.
It is also exciting to see floats parade at the sea shore. 

Traditional mechanical doll perform on the floats to traditional music intruments is also must-see.



 Access/Fees/Opening hours/Contact etc. 

<Access>
①By train
 ・From "Kamezaki Sta." of JR, 15min. by walk.
 ・From "Chita Handa Sta." of Meitetsu Kouwa Line, Transfer to Chita Bus
  and get off at "Kenja mae".

②By car
 From Chita Hanto Highway "Agui Exit", about 15min.

<Contact>
 0569-21-3111(Handa City)
 0569-32-3264(Handa City Tourist Association)

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