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Sawara City Grand Festival

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on August 5, 2015

Like other festivals in the Kanto area, Sawara city has the brightly dressed local girls parading in front of the giant Dashi. If you think they look angry it is probably because they have very solemnly and slowly paraded for the better half of an hour, looking into the merciless summer sun! The dolls and decorations on top of the Dashi here in Sawara are really something to see. Some of them are made of hemp rope, like this carp (the mouth opens of course) and the two dolls, one of which are very realistic. I saw one of these on the ground as they prepared it earlier in the day, and it was quite well made, even close up it looked fantastic! The Dashi are manned up on top by young men of the neighborhood armed with staffs to fend of low hanging wires and the odd red-light that needs to be pushed aside.

The doll on top of the Dashi in the last photo is Takemikazuchi, the God of Thunder, Swords and also the first ever Sumo wrestler. His sword was one of the tools presented to the first Emperor of Japan, Jimmu (660 BC – 585 BC). It was quite helpful to him when he conquered the country!










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  1. gina amos said, on August 7, 2015 at 12:38 am

    Fantastic photos!


  2. amadl said, on August 13, 2015 at 2:41 am

    I hope the girLs didn’t get dehydrated after the parade.. The Takmikazuchi doLL Looked reaLLy reaListic! I thought it was a reaL person (^o^;)


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