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Toyota-City Sanage Festival Bo-no-Te (Sanage Matsuri)

Date : 10/13/2018, 10/14/2018


  • Sanage Festival "Bo-no-Te" (Sanage Matsuri)

One of the most representative martial arts of Aichi Prefecture

Every year in the 2nd Sunday of October at the Sanage Shrine in Toyota-City, the Hongaku-sai (本楽祭 Main Festival) is held, with the previous day of Saturday being the Shiraku-sai (試楽祭 Rehearsal Festival). The Saturday is reserved for rituals and ceremonies, with Omikoshi portable shrines in procession and demonstrations of Bo-no-Te as offerings at the shrine. Then the great numbers of Bo-no-Te artists perform on the Sunday.

The Bo-no-Te (literally Pole in Hand), once called Bojutsu (The Art of the Bar), is a famous form of acrobatics mixed with martial arts which is still performed during specific festivals of Aichi Prefecture. The Sanage Festival is probably the most famous and representative place due to the impressive skill of its practitioners. Appointed as Intangible Cultural Folk Heritage of Aichi Prefecture, the technique uses batons, swords, spears and sickles, as it is believed that the first masters were simple farmers and would used whatever tools they had available to be used as weapons. Some say that this art started during the Muromachi Era (1336-1573). The festivals are ceremonies of praying for abundant harvests.

On the heydays of this festival, it is said that practitioners from 186 villages of Mikawa, Owari and Mino regions (at that time called countries) would join in the celebrations and, at the grounds of the shrine, participants would often engaged into heated arguments and disputes, which at some point earned the festival the handle of Brawling Festival (Kenka Matsuri).

EVENT OVERVIEW

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Date : October 13th (Saturday) and 14th (Sunday), 2018
Place : Sanage Shrine
Location : 〒470-0361
5 Oshiro, Sanage-cho, Toyota-City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
(Sanage Shrine)
Parking : Available
Phone number : 0565-34-6642 (Toyota City Tourism Association)

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ACCESS

  • Access by public transport
    Access by public transport
    From Nagoya Station, board the Higashiyama Line subway and alight at Fushimi Station. Change to the Tsurumai Line train bound to Akaike Station (may require change of trains at Akaike Station in order to proceed). Alight at Toyotashi Station and board the Toyota Oiden Bus bound to Fujioka (藤岡・豊田線[加納経由]Fujioka-Toyota Line via Kano). Ride for 25min and get off at Sanage Jinja-Mae (猿投神社前).
  • Access by car
    Access by car
    Approx. 3min (1.7km) northwards from Sanage I.C. of the Sanage Green Road via Route 349.

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