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Toei-Town Hana Festival (Toei-Town, Shimoawashiro)

Date : 01/06/2018 - 01/07/2018


  • Hana Festival (Toei-Town, Shimoawashiro)
  • Hana Festival (Toei-Town, Shimoawashiro)
  • Hana Festival (Toei-Town, Shimoawashiro)
  • Hana Festival (Toei-Town, Shimoawashiro)
  • Hana Festival (Toei-Town, Shimoawashiro)
  • Hana Festival (Toei-Town, Shimoawashiro)
  • Hana Festival (Toei-Town, Shimoawashiro)
  • Hana Festival (Toei-Town, Shimoawashiro)

Plenty of positive energy at this festival

Held annually from November to March at several locations of the Oku-Mikawa area, the Hana Festivals are an ancient tradition of over 700 years that have been appointed as Important National Intangible National Folkloric Heritages. At the Shimoawashiro Hamlet, a document dating to 1806 is the key to its procedures and the oldest record of its history, guiding the way it is carried out. It is believed that the blessed spirits of the land are in repose on the earth, and thus the cold season is chosen to "revive" them. The townsfolk are ardent in what concerns the preservation and transmission of its values to younger generations.

  • Hana Festival (Toei-Town, Shimoawashiro)
  • Hana Festival (Toei-Town, Shimoawashiro)
  • Hana Festival (Toei-Town, Shimoawashiro)
  • Hana Festival (Toei-Town, Shimoawashiro)

Hana Festival (Toei-Town, Shimoawashiro)

Hana Festival (Toei-Town, Shimoawashiro)

Ancient beliefs, traditional rituals, spiritual awareness, a devil of a time

Hana Festivals are a treat of traditional dances, rituals, ceremonies, and visits by demons, ogres, spirits, gods and mythical beasts, the Hana Matsuri is a lively winter solstice festival known for the “Tehohe! Tehohe!” chanting that goes along the shamanistic dances that characterizes it, and that in most cases runs through the night. Virtually a must-stop for tourists seeking to further deepen the insights about the livelihood of the Japanese mountain dwellers’.

The Hana Matsuri was first brought to the Oku-Mikawa region (Eastern Aichi) about 800 years ago by the warrior monks of Kumano and Kagahakusan. Back then the festival was a grand event called Okagura, and took place over seven days and nights and featured some 130 ritual dances and performances involving villagers from around the region. The amount of time, effort and money required to stage the event was enormous, and so it was only staged every seven or 20 years, using 100 gold Ryo coins (about 3.75kg) and 100 bales of rice (about 6,000kg), with more hidden in the forest in case they ran out.

About 400 years ago, the festival arrived at its present form, shortened to a one-day, one-night localized festival featuring up to 16 varied traditional dances, rituals, ceremonies, and visits by ogres, spirits, gods and mythical beasts. The Shinto rites and the dances remain essential parts of the festival, although the names and styles of the dances may differ according to location. Taking part is easy. Turn up, and you’ll be more than welcome to join in.

The reason for the name change from the Okagura to the Hana Festival has been lost to history, and there are a number of explanations as to why and how it became the Hana, or Flower Festival floating around. The children’s dances have a certain cuteness, while some of the demon dances featuring huge red devil masks may seem comical. The youth and adult dances represent a more traditional style of festivity. At the climax, boiling water is splashed around using straw brushes, and being sprayed is seen as most auspicious, bringing good health for a year. Some of the rituals may seem strange or pointless, however the traditions are adhered to in an effort to invoke the powers of the sun, and provide a traditional entertainment for all who come to enjoy.

EVENT OVERVIEW

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Date : Annually on January on the Saturday and Sunday before Coming-of-Age Day
January 6th (Saturday) to 7th (Sunday), 2018
Holding time : From January 6th 2:00 PM to 7th 2:30 PM
Place : Shimo Awashiro Life Improvement Center (下粟代生活改善センター Shimoawashiro Seikatsu Kaizen Senta)
Location : 〒449-0213
Shimoawashiro Kurouchi, Furikusa, Toei-Town, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Fee : Free of charge
(however, offerings in money may entitle the visitor to a “Okaeshi” gift of local tradition)
Parking : Available (cap. 20 cars)
Phone number : 0536-78-5112 (Hana Festival Preservation Society, Chairman)
0536-76-0501 (Toei-Town Hall)

Note: This page may not be current due to update time differences between site databases.
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ACCESS

  • Access by public transport
    Access by public transport
    From Toyohashi Station, take the JR Iida Line and alight at Toei Station, take the Toei Line Bus and get off at Hongo, take the Toyone Toei Line Bus get off at Shimo-Awashiro, walk 10 min
  • Access by car
    Access by car
    At the Hamamatsu-Inasa Junction of the New Tomei Expressway, change to the San-en-Nanshin Expressway. Upon exiting at Horaikyo I.C., head north by the Route 151 for approx. 17.7km (25min). Turn left to enter Route 431 for 1km and at the turn left to cross the bridge. Proceed for another 350m.

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