Inuyama Festival

Rya and I came across the Inuyama matsuri flyer at the station. With one stamp left on my 18 kippu ticket, I thought this was perfect. It falls on a weekend and it was not that far.

The parade already started when I arrived. For 375 years this tradition is being celebrated every first weekend of April. The floats are aptly called Yama. The 13 floats are 3 layered and 25 feet high wooden towers. They are designated as the prefecture's tangible folk asset. 

Each doll on the top layer tells a different story which is accompanied by flute and drums played by children at the bottom layer. These stories are best seen from a distance. 

More people were coming as the day progressed. The men who push the yama were waiting patiently for their turn.

Some were holding donation boxes for the Tohoku Earthquake & Tsunami victims. 

Others were enjoying a good conversation. 

While a few were reserving their strength for the feat ahead.

It was not until around 5:30 that they started to get busy again. They prepped up the yama and filled them with lanterns. 

And when night fell, the action continued. 

It was satisfying being a part of Inuyama matsuri knowing that some of the matsuri in the Kanto area have been cancelled recently. Comparing this year to the previous year's, I thought there were less spectators than expected.  

I thought that the festival, showing men moving the yama and lighting the way is very symbolic and analogous to what the nation is in now. Ganbare Nippon! [ View more images on my Flickr. ]


  1. Thank you Kid! When are you guys going to visit me?

  2. fave ko yong last photo mo kuya ang ganda

  3. (nag comment dahil no choice :p)

    i miss japanese festivities...gusto ko na makabalik dyan koya! i'm considering kansai sa susunod kong balik....


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