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. Nice Koya! Love the photos.

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

  3. fave ko yong last photo mo kuya ang ganda

  4. (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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