The Takayama Festivals are annual events held in Autumn and Spring.
We had organized our tour to get to Tokayama on the 10th of October, when the main celebrations took place.
The festival seems to have its origins in the 16th and 17th century as a thanksgiving ceremony to the gods for good harvests.
It started in front of the Hachimangu Shrine with a marionette performance dedicated to the deities. the dolls are controlled by dozens of strings. The main attractions are the ornate Yatai which are kept in their storehouses and only once a year are displayed together. It was possible to see them on the main street near the shrine.
They are intricate wooden structures, with exquisite carvings, drapes, metal ornaments and other traditional Japanese craftsmanship. They were very beautiful.
The many parade groups walked around the town playing music and drums and all the many people who came to see it stand on the side walks.
It took a few hours and it was also interesting to walk around the old town, with its many shops and restaurants.
It was a fantastic experience.
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