- Mitake-jinja Shrine Annual Festival
(Autumn Season Annual Festival Dedication Float Pulling by three districts)
- Date : Annually on the 2nd weekend of October
- Floats for adults and for children are dedicated on the 2nd Saturday and Sunday of October.
(Briefing for float parade participants, cleaning and inspection of the boat, making flowers, producing the rice cake box. Singing rehearsals, decoration.)
(1) About the float parade, a festival event
(Description) Yakatabune (roofed pleasure boats) with wheels are pulled around town by throngs of young men vigorously calling, "Enhike, enhike". Depending on the district, the men run up the steps and pull the floats up to the entrance of the main shrine in one go.
(Origin) The float parade originates in the Kihiki Shinto ritual of the Ise Jingu Shrine. It is said to have started in around the beginning of the Meiji period, when the fishermen of Katahara-cho prayed for a good catch and for safety out at sea. The fishermen of Katahara-cho go to the Ise Jingu Shrine and Aonomine-jinja Shrine for worship in June every year.
(Transitions) Although the floats were dedicated to Mitake-jinja Shrine every year from the Meiji period to 1956, it was discontinued due to a shortage of men to pull them The float parade was dedicated once in 1967 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of Meiji period, but was generally discontinued. However, it was revived in 1990 through the efforts of the local administration, and has been held every year since then.
② About the festival
It is not known when, where, or how the festival originally started. The festival had been held since the old times, and it was discontinued from the middle of the war. It is said that the festival started again in around 1985.
|Date||Annually on the 2nd weekend of October|
|Venue||Mitake 44, Katahara-cho, Gamagori City|
|Phone number||０５３３－５７－３２８５（Katahara 3rd District Representative Masumi Kabeya）|
|Number of floats||3|
Access / Map
Access / Map
|Access by public transport||2 minutes' walk from Meitetsu Gamagori Line Katahara Station.|
|Access by car||Approx. 25 minutes by car from Tomei Expressway Otowa-Gamagori Exit.|