Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri

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Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri
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Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri in 2009
Observed by Kishiwada, Osaka
Type Religious
Date Saturday and Sunday before Respect for the Aged Day
Related to Fukagawa Matsuri, Sannō Matsuri

The Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri (岸和田だんじり祭?), held in Kishiwada, Osaka, is one of the most famous Danjiri Matsuri in Japan.

History[edit]

The festival began in 1703 when the Daimyo of Kishiwada, Okabe Nagayasu (岡部 長泰), prayed to Shinto gods for an abundant harvest at Fushimi Inari-taisha, Kyoto.

Summary[edit]

The Danjiri festival is divided principally into two festivals. The first is held in September and is the more famous of the two. The second occurs in October, is less famous but involves more Danjiri. The September Festival is itself divided in two. Again, the more famous is the Kishiwada danjiri centering around the Castle and runs from the Nankai line down to the seaside. The other Danjiri festival occurs in Haruki Town and centres around Nankai Haruki Station. The September Festival involves 34 Danjiri. In October the towns between the Nankai line and the mountains hold their own Danjiri Festivals. These involve 47 Danjiri and centre around the JR stations of Kumeda, Shimomatsu and Higashi-Kishiwada.

The city has 81 large wooden carts, each holding a portable shrine or danjiri.

Schedule[edit]

From 2006, Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri is held on the Saturday and Sunday before Respect for the Aged Day.

Personal roles[edit]

  • Sponsor (世話人 sewanin)
  • "Young head" (若頭 waka gashira)
  • Pulling team (組 kumi)
  • Cartwright (大工方 daiku gata)
  • "Young man group" (青年團 seinen dan): usually 16–25-year-old people who play musical instruments such as the taiko (drum) and Kane (bell).