Inuyama Festival Float Event
The event that has been handed down to the present began in 1635 at the encouragement of Naruse Hayato no Sho Masatora, a chief retainer of the Owari Tokugawa family and lord of Inuyama Castle, as a festival of Haritsuna Shrine, where the local guardian deity is worshiped. 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.
Thirteen splendid floats, all of them with three tiers, give karakuri doll performances that have been passed down since the Edo period, to the sound of flute and taiko music. At night, all the floats weave their way through avenues of cherry blossom trees in full bloom as they parade through the castle town, each of them bearing 365 glowing lanterns. The magnificent sight is truly like something out of a ukiyo-e woodblock print.