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Tsushima-City, Aisai-City Owari Tsushima Tenno Festival & Fireworks (Owari Tsushima Tenno Matsuri)

Date : 07/27/2019, 07/28/2019

  • Owari Tsushima Tenno Festival (Owari Tsushima Tenno Matsuri)
  • Owari Tsushima Tenno Festival (Owari Tsushima Tenno Matsuri)
  • Owari Tsushima Tenno Festival (Owari Tsushima Tenno Matsuri)

A Midsummer Night's Dream, the Owari Tsushima Tenno Matsuri

The warlord hero and first of the National Unifiers, Oda Nobunaga's favorite festival was the 500 year old Owari Tsushima Tenno Festival, one of Japan's three major river festivals, and one of the biggest, most spectacular and beautiful of all summer festivals. Staged on Tsushima's Tenno River, the Owari Tsushima Tenno Festival is designated a National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Asset. In addition, it was one of the 33 Japanese festivals added as joint entry "Yama, Hoko, Yatai, Float Festivals in Japan" to the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage for Humanity of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on November 30th, 2016.

Tsushima is also famous for its Autumn, and Wisteria Festivals, with equally long histories and traditions. But it is the fourth Saturday of July, the night of the "Yoimatsuri" Night Festival, and the celebrations that continue the next day with the "Asamatsuri," or Morning Festival, that really draw the crowds.

Light Up The Night

Owari Tsushima Tenno Festival (Owari Tsushima Tenno Matsuri)

The festival begins with exciting antique samurai matchlock gun firing demonstrations, followed by hand-held fireworks resembling upright bazookas, the "Tezutsu Hanabi," which send shafts of fire, sparks and smoke tens of meters into the evening air. Singing and dancing take place before the highlight begins. Five large and graceful traditional Makiwara boats, made of two boats roped together and decorated with over 400 large paper lanterns arranged in a dome-like shape, glide along the Tenno river to the sounds of festival flutes and drums. The reflections of the hundreds of lanterns in the dark, calm waters adds to the ethereal effect.
The dome shaped arrangement features 365 lanterns, one for each day of the year, and a further 12 or 13 lanterns towering above it. Under the orange-yellow dome of lanterns hang a further 30 red lanterns, with more lanterns decorating the bow of this fantastic, floating festival float.

Many come dressed in light summer kimono called yukata to watch from the riverside. Others enjoy a meal, drinks and entertainment in smaller boats. All the while, cameras click as the lantern boats sail by, and fantastic fireworks burst like thunder in the sky above.

The Morning Festival

Owari Tsushima Tenno Festival (Owari Tsushima Tenno Matsuri)

The next morning, the same five boats are redecorated with gorgeous red, black and gold hand-woven tapestries and mannequins dressed in traditional Noh performing arts costumes. These boats are joined by a sixth, also decorated with dolls. Ten men armed with halberd-like samurai weapons take part in a ritual, in which they dive off the boat with the halberd, and swim or walk to shore to present the broad bladed pole-arm to the gods of the Tsushima Shrine.

Like most Japanese festivals, the Owari Tenno Matsuri is filled with various displays, events, food and enjoyment.

If you find yourself in Japan in late July, be sure to visit Tsushima for one of Japan's biggest and most spectacular festivals, the Owari Tsushima Tenno Matsuri.


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Date : Yo-Sai Eve Festival: July 27th (Saturday), 2019
Asa-Matsuri Morning Festival: July 28th (Sunday), 2019
Fireworks: TBA
Holding time : Yo-Sai Eve Festival Saturday from 6:00 PM
Asa-Matsuri Morning Festival Sunday from 9:10 AM
Place : Tsushima Shrine, Tennogawa Park
Location : 〒496-0853
1 Miyagawa-cho, Tsushima-City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan (Tennogawa Park)
1 Shinmei-cho, Tsushima-City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan (Tsushima Shrine)
Parking : Temporary parking lot available free of charge (limited capacity)
Phone number : 0567-28-8051 (Tsushima City Tourism Association)
0567-24-1111 (Tsushima-City Hall)

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  • Access by public transport
    Access by public transport
    20min westwards walk from Tsushima Station of the Meitetsu Tsushima Line/Meitetsu Bisai Line (from Nagoya Station, either take the Meitetsu Nagoya Line train bound for Inuyama/Gifu and change trains at Sukaguchi Station, or take either Kintetsu Nagoya Line or JR Kansai Main Line and change trains at Yatomi Station).
  • Access by car
    Access by car
    -Using the Higashi-Meihan Expressway (from Mie Prefecture, or from Nagoya Expressway R5 Manba Route): approx. 15min (6.6km) northwards from Yatomi I.C. via Route 155.
    -Using the Tokai-Hokuriku Expressway (from Gifu Prefecture): approx. 35min (18.7km) southwards from Bisai I.C. via routes 148 and 155.
    -Using the Tokai-Hokuriku Expressway (from the Meishin Expressway): approx. 30min (16.8km) southwards from Ichinomiya-Nishi I.C. via Route 155.

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