- Okada Spring Festival (Okada Haru Matsuri)
Chita-City Okada Spring Festival (Okada Haru Matsuri)
Date : 04/14/2018, 04/15/2018
Let's see the spinning floats of Chita-City!
Chita-City annually celebrates the "Okada Spring Festival", featuring 3 gorgeous floats in procession meandering by several parts of the town. Yet another example of the Japanese ancient ceremonies, this event has its roots about 400 years ago, when the current village of Okada was divided in Oku, Naka and Sato villages - hence the three floats used in the event. Up until the middle of the Meiji Era, the festival was held somewhere in mid-August, but probably because of the intense summer heat, it passed to be celebrated in the spring.
This festival's major attractions are the "Karakuri" dolls and their realistic movements, the unusual ribbon decorations, and definitely, the "Nejimawashi" acrobatic spinning of the floats upon arrival at the shrines: an impressive display of manly force, with the nice visual effect of the rustling decorations.