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Takayama Matsuri

Held twice a year in Japan, in the spring and the autumn, the Takayama Festival is famous for its elaborately decorated yatai (festival floats), which are adorned with beautiful fabrics, lacquered wood, and patterned metals. Twelve of these floats appear at the April festival, held at Takayama's Hie Shrine, and 11 participate in the October festival. Some yatai feature performances of kabuki (puppet plays), often performed by mechanical marionettes. A highlight of the festival is the parade of gongs known as tokeigaku, which produce a unique kind of folk music. More...
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Takayama Matsuri
Held twice a year in Japan, in the spring and the autumn, the Takayama Festival is famous for its elaborately decorated yatai (festival floats), which are adorned with beautiful fabrics, lacquered wood, and patterned metals. Twelve of these floats appear at the April festival, held at Takayama's Hie Shrine, and 11 participate in the October festival. Some yatai feature performances of kabuki (puppet plays), often performed by mechanical marionettes. A highlight of the festival is the parade of gongs known as tokeigaku, which produce a unique kind of folk music.
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Festival Highlights

The Takayama Autumn Festival features festival floats, mikoshi procession and a stunning karakuri puppet performance. The highlight of the festival are the gorgeous ornate festival floats which are called yatai in Japanese. The beautiful floats date from the 17th Century and feature intricate carvings and elaborate decorations. On both festival days the floats are displayed in the streets of Takayama from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. The festival floats are truly spectacular with each float representing a specific district in Takayama.

The festival floats are topped with mechanical marionette puppets called karakuri ningyo, which many people regard as the true stars of the festival. The puppets breathtakingly perform for the crowd of onlookers and are operated by strings and push rods from within the floats. The sophisticated puppets along with the gorgeous festival floats represent the skilled craftsmanship of the Hida Takayama master craftsmen. Takayama has since ancient times been renowned for its highly skilled carpenters and craftsmen, whose expertise was used to build many of the famous temples in Kyoto and Nara.

There is an evening festival on the first day where the floats are lined up just before dusk and lit with traditional Japanese lanterns called chochin. The locals of Takayama dressed in traditional kimono or hakama then proudly escort the floats on a tour of the streets of the old town. Many people regard the evening festival (yomatsuri) as the highlight of the festival.

The Takayama Autumn Festival is one of Japan’s biggest and most famous festivals attracting a large number of spectators every year to see its magnificent floats.

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Takayama Matsuri
April 14-15 and October 9-10
Held twice a year in Japan, in the spring and the autumn, the Takayama Festival is famous for its elaborately decorated yatai, festival floats. These were first used at Kyoto's Gion Matsuri, and later appeared in other parts of the country. Twelve of these floats appear at the April festival, held at Takayama's HiÉ Shrine, and 11 participate in the October festival at the Sakuragaoka-hachimangu Shrine. They are so highly decorated—with beautiful fabrics, lacquered wood, and patterned metals—that they are often referred to as "Yomeimon in motion," a reference to the famous gate at the Toshogu Shrine in Nikko. Some yatai feature performances of kabuki, puppet plays, often performed by cleverly designed mechanical marionettes.
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