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Toyama Takaoka Mikurumayama Festival- Matsuri to Learn What is Mikurumayama

Sosuke

Sato

Writer

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Toyama Prefecture has a lot of historical events and festivals through a year. Takaoka Mikurumayama Festival, which is the festival I introduce this time, is also one of them. The word Mikurumayama means a festival float in Japanese. We can also call it Dashi. This festival was regarded as Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 2016. It has continued for a long time, since 1609.


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The History of Takaoka Mikurumayama Festival

The main feature of Takaoka Mikurumayama Festival is, of course, Mikurumayama. This festival float – Mikurumayama was made in 1588 under the order of Hideyoshi Toyotomi. Hideyoshi is one of the most famous people in Japanese history and he used the first Mikurumayama for the ceremony. After that, another famous warrior – Toshiie Maeda, introduced the technology of Mikurumayama into his local town. And then, people in that town started to use Mikurumayama for festivals. It was in 1609. At that period, Mikurumayama was famous as a cultural art. So the skills of its ornaments were mastered from Edo Era.
This is the process how Mikurumiyama Festival has begun and kept holding until today.

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Things to Do and See at Takaoka Mikurumiyama Festival

At Takaoka Mikurumayama Festival, you can see seven festival floats with great ornaments. Many participants carry them through the streets. Some of the floats have Japanese mechanical dolls. You can enjoy seeing the dolls’ moving. They are carried with traditional music – Hayashi. You can notice its beauty and power!

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So far, I described the main event of Takaoka Mikurumayama Festival. This event is take place on 1st of May every year. However, there is another festival day at this festival. The name of the festival is Yoi Matsuri. The name means pre-festival before the main event. So, Yoi Matsuri of Mikurumayama Festival takes place on 30th, April. During Yoi Maturi, you can see the process of making Mikurumayama and its parts such as materials, dolls, and so on. And all of seven Mikurumayama are also exhibited on the streets of the city. In evening, it is beautiful by the illumination. Those festival floats have their own names. So you can learn them and get more knowledge about Mikurumayama Festival before its main event on the next day. You can see all the exhibition in an hour. It makes your time at Mikurumayama Festival more interesting. So I recommend you to go to Yoi Matsuri as well!

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Details about Takaoka Mikurumayama Festival and Yoi Matsuri

As for Yoi Matsuri. It takes place on 30th of April every year, the day before Takaoka Mikurumayama Festival. It begins at 6 pm and ends at 9 pm. The place is Yamachousuzi, in Takaoka City, Toyama Prefecture.
The day after Yoi Matsuri, on 1st of May, there is the main event – Takaoka Mikurumayama Festival. It starts at 11 am and ends at 9 pm. The place is the same as Yoi Matsuri held on 30th of April.

Access

To get to the place, you can take trains. It takes 10 minutes to walk from Takaoka Station to the place of the festival. You can also drive to the place. There is a parking lot near the place.

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Closing Remarks

At Takaoka Mikurumayama Festival, you can learn a lot of things about Japan. Of course, you can also feel Japanese traditions there. I’m sure you can have a good time, so it’s time to visit Toyama Prefecture!

Sosuke Sato

Hi everyone! I’m Sosuke! I hope I can tell you guys the attractiveness of Japanese tradition and fantastic culture through my articles!

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