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Shitara-Town Shimizu Chochin Lantern Festival (Shimizu-no-Chochin Matsuri)

Date : 06/30/2018


  • Shimizu Chochin Lantern Festival (Shimizu-no-Chochin Matsuri)
  • Shimizu Chochin Lantern Festival (Shimizu-no-Chochin Matsuri)
  • Shimizu Chochin Lantern Festival (Shimizu-no-Chochin Matsuri)
  • Shimizu Chochin Lantern Festival (Shimizu-no-Chochin Matsuri)
  • Shimizu Chochin Lantern Festival (Shimizu-no-Chochin Matsuri)

This is a kind of “Gion Matsuri” festival said to be modeled after the utterly famous lanterns of the Tsushima Tenno Festival, in the city of Tsushima. For ages, festivals using the “chochin” paper lanterns have been a tradition around the eastern Aichi Prefecture area deep within the mountains known as Oku-Mikawa area. However, not all of them have been transmitted down the generations with so much passion as this.

Shimizu Chochin Lantern Festival (Shimizu-no-Chochin Matsuri)

It is said that even during the time of the plague-struck Japan, when the village was reduced to just three households, the people there insisted in carrying out with the ceremonies. The very continuity of this event is said to be thanks to the ancient prayers wishing for it to endure through the ages.

The festivity is held annually on June 30th. The “yatai-kumi”, a wheeled cart resembling a mini-float, gets decorated with bamboo foliage and the 240 lanterns which are lit with the sacred flame given at the ceremony in the Shimizu Tsushima Shrine. Then the yatai is pushed around the streets while the people play flutes and drums. At the end of the procession, people will rush to get a branch of bamboo and a lantern to take home and decorate the household entrance, which is believed to ward off any ailment during the summer. The sight of the lanterns in the yatai next to the other 150 lanterns decorating the shrine is of particular beauty.

Opposite to most of the flashy festivals of japan, this is a frugal and rather quiet event. However, the lit up lanterns hanging from the bamboo branches, with the vibrant nature surrounding the village, make it for a beautiful and rather surreal spectacle.

  • Shimizu Chochin Lantern Festival (Shimizu-no-Chochin Matsuri)
  • Shimizu Chochin Lantern Festival (Shimizu-no-Chochin Matsuri)

EVENT OVERVIEW

Date : June 30th (Saturday), 2018
(Annually on June 30th)
Holding time : From 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Place : Shimizu Tsushima Shrine
Location : 〒441-2431
29 Matsushita, Nishinagura, Shitara-Town, Kitashitara-gun, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Fee : Free of charge
Parking : Available, free of charge (parking lot at the Roadside Station Agri Station Nagura (道の駅アグリステーションなぐら Michi-no-Eki Aguri Suteshon Nagura), about 850m east of the venue by Route 257)
Phone number : 0536-62-1000 (Shitara Town Tourism Association)

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ACCESS

  • Access by car
    Access by car
    -Approx. 1 hour (40km) eastwards from Chikaraishi I.C. of the Sanage Green Road (access via Nagoya Seto Toll Road from Nisshin Junction of the Tomei Expressway or from Nagakute-City via Route 6) via routes 153 and 257.
    -Approx. 1 hour (40km) northwards from Shinshiro I.C. of the Shin-Tomei Expressway via routes 151 and 257.

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