- Kogashi Festival
- Date :
Annually on the 4th Saturday of July
- The Kogashi Festival is held at Tatebe-jinja Shrine in Kitaichiba-Honmachi, Inazawa City on a Saturday in late July to pray for a good harvest of the five grains. The highlight of the festival is two floats which used to be sailed as Yamafune in Gojo River as part of a river festival just like that of Tsushima-jinja Shrine, but which were modified into floats due to the change in channel of Gojo River in 1669.
Although there are various stories regarding the origin of the festival, the most widely held suggests that it started when there was a famine during the Kanbun era of the Edo period. Susanoo-no-Mikoto (the Shinto deity) appeared in a dream of the village headman and gave a divine message telling him to give an offering of some barley, upon which the famine subsided, so they held a festival to show their gratitude to the deities. People say that the festival began to be called the Kogashi Festival because dumplings called "Kogashi" are offered.
Although the festival is held on Saturday, preparation starts on Thursday, two days beforehand. At night, people gather at Kioji Temple in the district to make the Kiribana decorations for the float. The Kiribana decorations are thrown from the float at the end of the festival, and are used as decorations beside the front doors until the next year's festival.
The float, which is the highlight of the festival, was repaired in 2014 by the local Kitaichiba-Hongo District, and has been designated as Inazawa City's tangible folk-cultural property.
||Annually on the 4th Saturday of July
||From 19：00 to 21：30
||Kitaichiba-Honmachi 2-4-1, Inazawa City
||0587-32-1443（Lifelong Learning Division, Inazawa City Board of Education Secretariat）
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|Access by public transport
||Alight at JR Tokaido Line Kiyosu Station, and walk for approx. 15 minutes.
|Access by car
||Approx. 10 minutes from Nagoya Daini Kanjo Expressway Kiyosu-Higashi I.C.
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