Brilliant ‘tsurushibina’ decorations at Hanawa, Feb. 21, 2019. (塙 の華麗な つるし雛 2019年2月21日)

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Traditional ‘tsurushibina’ or hanging decorations for girls’ festival are being publicly displayed at some of the locations in Fukushima in this time of year. Hanawa Town is one of them. Photo above shows tsurushibina exhibition at Community Plaza inside the Iwakihanawa Station building of JR Suigun Line. Each of the hanging pieces was made by handicraft quilting using scrap cloth. A group of local women volunteers called ‘Quiltmate Hanawa’ made all of these. Actually this tradition had spread across Japan in late Edo Period and was passed down to this day.

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Photo above was taken from a different angle and you can see the whole hanging structure from above. This exhibit continues through March 3rd which is the girls’ festival day. JR Iwakihanawa Station is about 1.5hr train ride from Koriyama.

Nihonmatsu Chrysanthemum figure festival, Nov. 7, 2017. (二本松の菊人形祭り 2017年11月7日)

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Photo above was a gorgeous scene at Nihonmatsu chrysanthemum figure festival as of today.

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Another scene is shown above. This year’s theme was Edo Period which was governed by Tokugawa Shogunate over the period of nearly 300 years. The central figure in the scene above was Tokugawa Ieyasu who established Tokugawa Shogunate in1603.

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The festival is being held at Kasumigajo Castle Park venue. Japanese Garden in the venue with autumn maple leaves was amazingly beautiful as shown above.

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History of the garden was explained as shown above in three languages.

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Kikumatsu-kun, shown above, was a chrysanthemum festival character.

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Finally, the whole Kasumigajo venue was covered with autumun colors as shown above.

The venue is located 20-minute uphill walk from JR Nihonmatsu Station. There is also a shuttle bus service during the festival season between the station and the venue.
The exact route and locations are shown in the map below. The map can be scaled up and down with a click and scroll.
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Wild Abaredashi Festival at Nihonmatsu, Oct. 9, 2016 (二本松市 針道の あばれ山車 2016年10月9日 )

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Today, Abaredashi Festival was held in the afternoon at a remote Towa district of Nihonmatsu City. Large character floats are created for this year's event, one of which is shown above with Super Mario from a famous video game. Seven such large floats are created each from famous manga (comic) or video game characters. Those floats are moved into the main street of the district and are collided each other wildly. This collision performance lasts for two hours in the afternoon. This historic festival started in late 16th century, and today it is held as an annual ritual of gratitude for autumn harvest at the local Suwa Shrine.
本日午後、二本松市郊外の東和地区で、あばれ山車 祭りが行われました。今年の祭りのために作られた、大きなキャラクター人形の山車が主役です。その一つが、写真のスーパーマリオです。ビデオゲームやまんがの主人公から、全部で7種の山車が、大通りに出て、互いに激しくぶつかり合い、2時間続きます。この祭りは、16世紀末から始まった歴史のあるもので、今は、地元諏訪神社の、五穀豊穣に感謝する秋の例大祭として、行われています。

Three of the short footages below show how the wild collision is performed with drum beats. The street was heated up with repeated dynamic collisions and a crowd of spectators.
下の3本の短いビデオで、あばれ山車 のぶつかり合う雰囲気が、太鼓の音と共にわかります。通りは、ぶつかりの連続と見物人で熱気にあふれていました。

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Other six designs of floats for this year are shown above.

The exact route and locations are shown in the map below. The map can be scaled up and down with a click and scroll.
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You can play back the route and altitude on the map below. (Up:2.5%, gained elevation: 537m, Distance: 75.4km)
下の地図で、ルート再生や標高を見ることができます。(上り2.5%、獲得標高537m、走行距離 75.4km)

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