読売テレビに滋賀のGW祭りが紹介される

関西の読売テレビの番組が私が撮った滋賀の祭りの動画を放送されることになりました。 放送されるのは守山市のすし切り祭りと甲賀市土山のケンケト祭りの動画です。 放送日:2012年5月9日(水) 時間帯:午前5:20~8:00で、滋賀の祭り企画コーナーが流れるのは午前7:00ごろ。 番組名:読売テレビ「朝生ワイドす・またん!&ZIP!」 番組の「超スゴい衝撃映像SP」というコーナーで「滋賀の超オドロキ奇祭」が紹介されます。 (緊急ニュースなどが入った場合、流れない場合もございます) 関西(大阪、京都、滋賀、奈良、兵庫、和歌山)にいる人、時間ありましたら是非見て(または録画して)ください。 http://www.ytv.co.jp/cematin/ Yomiuri TV will introduce Golden Week festivals in Shiga Prefecture on a morning TV program on May 9, 2012 (Wed.). They will air two of my Shiga festival videos: The Sushi-kiri Matsuri held in Moriyama and the Kenketo Matsuri held in Tsuchiyama, Koka. Broadcast date and time: May 9, 2012, around 7 am. TV program name: 朝生ワイドす・またん!&ZIP! (The program is from 5:20 am to 8 am.) If you’re in Osaka, Kyoto, Shiga, Nara, Hyogo, or Wakayama, hope you can watch or record the program. Like or share this:

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Golden Week festivals in Shiga

Golden Week is Japan’s spring vacation from late April to early May with a string of national holidays. April 29 is Showa Day (set to April 30 this year since the 29th is Sun.), May 3 is Constitution Day, May 4 Greenery Day, and May 5 Children’s Day. This year’s calendar in 2012 can make it a nine-day holiday for the working folk if they only take off on two working days (May 1 and 2). In Shiga, it is prime time for matsuri festivals. There are so many matsuri during this time that it took me at least 4 or

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Tsuchiyama Saio Princess Procession on March 25

The annual Tsuchiyama Saio Princess Procession (あいの土山斎王群行) will be held on March 25, 2012. If you like kimono, you gotta see this festival. It’s a small, but very elegant and colorful matsuri in Koka’s Tsuchiyama area. A Saio princess dressed in a beautiful, juni-hitoe, 12-layer kimono will be carried in a palanquin escorted by a bevy of women in kimono. They also dance along the procession route. This is actually an extension of Kyoto’s famous Aoi Matsuri. The Saio princess was an unmarried, young Imperial princess, often the Emperor’s daughter, who was appointed (by divination) to be the High Priestess

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Aburahi Matsuri Festival 2011

On May 1, 2011, I went to see the Aburahi Matsuri (油日祭り・奴振り) in Koka, Shiga, near Aburahi Station on the JR Kusatsu Line. The festival is held every year, but the yakko-furi procession is held only once every five years. And it was held this year. They walked along a 9-km route in Aburahi. The performance at Aburahi Shrine was the highlight. Google Map here. Here’s the video I took: Video link: http://youtu.be/Uoei4vhRimE Photos here. Like or share this:

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Shiga fireworks in summer 2010

Here’s the fireworks (hanabi) schedule for Shiga Prefecture in summer 2010 listed by date: July 17, 2010 Echigawa Gion Noryo Hanabi Taikai in Aisho, 7:30 pm – 9:20 pm Along the Echigawa River bank near Miyukibashi Bridge. If rained out, to be postponed to July 18. 愛知川祇園納涼祭花火大会 More info: 愛荘町秦荘観光協会/愛荘町愛知川観光協会 TEL:0749-37-8051 http://www.biwa.ne.jp/~e-machi/new/hanabitaikai.html July 24, 2010 Kashiwabara-juku Yaito Matsuri fireworks, 9 pm – 9:20 pm Near JR Kashiwabara Station in Maibara. 柏原宿やいとまつり More info: 中山道柏原宿やいと祭実行委員会 TEL:0749‐57‐0256 http://yaito.kashiharasyuku.com/ Aug. 1, 2010 Hikone Dai-Hanabi Taikai at Matsubara Beach, Hikone, 7:45 pm – 8:30 pm 30-min. walk from Hikone Station. If rained out, to be postponed

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Golden Week 2010 in Shiga

We saw fine weather during Golden Week in Shiga from late April to early May 2010. I went to see a slew of festivals in Shiga during this time. I traveled to Maibara, Ryuo, Tsuchiyama (Koka), Takashima, Yasu, and Kora. I’m trying to see all the major Golden Week festivals in Shiga. The problem is, many of them are held on the same day and at the same time. It will still take me a few more years to see them all, but after this GW, I can say that I’ve see more than half of them. Here’s what I

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More spring festivals in Shiga

During this rainy season, I’m staying at home to sort through the thousands of photos I took in Shiga during spring. Here are a few more festivals in Shiga which I photographed during spring. Sanno Matsuri held by Hiyoshi Taisha in Otsu (Part 1 and 2): Video link Part 1: http://youtu.be/ZwaS6fxHhb0 Video link Part 2: http://youtu.be/waDS12Umx5E Sanno Matsuri photos: Sanno-sai Festival 山王祭 Minakuchi Hikiyama Matsuri is a festival of floats paraded during April 19-20: Video link: http://youtu.be/qVIMVXchZXI Minakuchi Hikiyama Matsuri photos here. Kenketo Matsuri in Ryuo (Photos here): Video link: http://youtu.be/isdfpgLUa54 Naginata Odori in Moriyama (Photos here): Video link: http://youtu.be/1-Ti5JQTt_o Taga Matsuri (Photos here): Video link: http://youtu.be/M_Gg3rMEex4

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Tsuchiyama Saio Princess Procession

On March 29, 2009, I saw the Saio Princess Procession in Tsuchiyama, Koka (あいの土山斎王群行). It was very nice. The Saio princess was an unmarried, young Imperial princess, often the Emperor’s daughter, who was appointed (by divination) to be the High Priestess of Ise Grand Shrines in Mie Prefecture from the 7th to 14th centuries. Whenever there was a new emperor, there would be a new Saio princess appointed. She would travel in a procession from Kyoto to Ise, taking 5 nights and 6 days. She lodged in a special temporary palace (disassembled after she lodged in it) called the Tongu,

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