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Tatsuta Ten-jinja Shrine Annual Festival
Date : 9/26/2020 to 9/27/2020
  • Tatsuta Ten-jinja Shrine Annual Festival
【Gorgeously decorated with flowers, boat-type floats from which rice cakes are thrown parade, while tuneful locals sing the Ise Ondo】
(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". 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 float parade was discontinued in the late 1950s due to a shortage of men to pull the floats, it was revived in the 1980s.
(2) About the festival
It is not known when, where, or how the festival originally started. The festival was held on September 20th until around 1945, but it was changed to October 20th, then to the 3rd Sunday of October, before finally settling on the current 4th Sunday of September. The float parade is held every year.
- The route and schedule are as follows: (1) Depart Tatsuta Kaikan at 9:00 a.m. (2) Rest at Amidado Hall, and then depart at 1:00 p.m. (3) Arrive at Ten-jinja Shrine at 3:00 p.m.
(Performing arts accompanying the floats, etc.)
- A number of strong singers are selected, and they take turns to sing the "Ise Ondo"on the bow.
- Inside the float, selected local women or geisha ladies play music on Shamisen (three-stringed Japanese lute), drums, and whistles.
- At the end of the parade, rice cakes are carried from the float to the wooden stage (built in front of the front shrine), where they are thrown to the crowd by men of the so-called "unlucky age" to the sound of the drums.

Festival Overview


Date 9/26/2020 to 9/27/2020
Venue Kamidomae 14, Nishiura-cho, Gamagori City
Parking Free (cap. 30 cars)
Phone number 0533-57-5807(Tatsuta Representative Shintaro Ikeda)
Number of floats 2

Access / Map

Access / Map

Access by public transport Approx. 15 to 20 minutes' walk from Meitetsu Gamagori Line Nishiura Station.
Access by car Approx. 30 minutes by car from Meishin Expressway Okazaki / Otowa-Gamagori Exit.
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