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Toyota-City Tenkasai Festival

Date : 02/10/2018, 02/11/2018


  • Tenkasai Festival
  • Tenkasai Festival
  • Tenkasai Festival
  • Tenkasai Festival
  • Tenkasai Festival

The Tenkasai Festival is an exotic and rather thrilling festival held at Matsudaira Toshogu Shrine, located in Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture. Annually in February, legions of local men believed to be in their bad-luck year ("Yakudoshi", the age of 42) and wearing only the "fundoshi" loincloth, gather to brawl, push and shove in order to touch the blessed wooden sphere "Mizutama", or "water ball", and get rid of their bad fortunes. Cold blessed water is constantly thrown at them just to purify them a bit more and keep the excitement within controllable levels.

Matsudaira Toshogu Shrine is the famous birthplace of the Matsudaira Clan, the family that after Tokugawa Ieyasu had its name changed to Tokugawa Clan. There, the clan founder Matsudaira Chikauji is enshrined, which is one of the reasons for the shrine's great popularity. The shrine's premises hold an old well named "Ubuyu-no-ido" ("First Bath Well"), which is believed to be endowed with holy powers from the time of Chikauji. Even at that time, it was a clan's tradition to bath newborns in the well's blessed waters, and so with Tokugawa Ieyasu it was no different and he had his first dipping bath with water from this well, upon his birth in Okazaki Castle. All the water used in this festival comes from this well, including the amount used for purifying the "Mizutama".

All the ceremonies and rituals of this festival take two days to be carried out, and during the time, visitors may enjoy the countless "Yatai" stalls selling food and amusement for kids, and several other unique procedures, such as the one in which the participating men pour blessed water on themselves in a frenetic way. Watch out for the "Senjin Nabe", or "Battlefield Hotpot", Hanamochi Rice Cake Pounding, "Taiko" drum performances and demonstrations of martial "Bo-no-Te" art (lit. "Bar Hand" or "Hand on Stick").

EVENT OVERVIEW

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Date : January 10th (Saturday) and 11th (Sunday), 2018
Holding time : January, 2018
10th (Saturday) - from 4:00 PM
11th (Sunday - holiday) - from 9:30 AM
Place : Around the Matsudaira-go Area
Location : 〒444-2202
13 Akabara, Matsudaira-cho, Toyota-City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Fee : Participation Fee: 5,000 yen
Just watching and sightseeing: free of charge
Parking : Available (cap. 100 cars)
*: At the Matsudaira Undo Hiroba (Sports Grounds)
Restrooms : Available
Phone number : 080-5151-8944 (Festival Committee) (weekdays from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM)

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ACCESS

  • Access by public transport
    Access by public transport
    From Meitetsu Toyotashi Station, take the Toyota Oiden Bus bound to Shimoyama and get off at Matsudaira-go.
    Or look for the free shuttle bus operating on both days.
  • Access by car
    Access by car
    From the New Tomei Expressway, enter the Tokai-Kanjo Expressway at the Toyota-Higashi Junction and exit at Toyota-Matsudaira. When exiting, take the leftmost lane to enter Route 301 heading eastwards. After 13.6km, turn right to enter the Matsudaira Sports Grounds (松平運動広場 Matsudaira Undo Hiroba) on the Yamanota district. Free shuttle bus provided from the parking lot.

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