"Sawara Grand Festival" is held every year in Katori City (formerly Sawara City), Chiba Prefecture. It is known as one of the three major festivals in the Kanto region. A summer festival is held in July and an autumn festival in October, but particularly magnificent is the autumn festival that takes place in the Shinjuku district, on the west bank of the Onogawa River that runs through the city. 14 Floats, each weighing four tons and carrying large 4m-high dolls in the form of historical figures, are paraded through the town. A highlight along the way, referred to as "kyokubiki," is when the floats are manipulated in various ways, and every year the venue is enveloped in the steaming heat of the crowds.
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Oct 2016 • Solo
I happened to see an announcement for the Sawara Autumn Matsuri, and decided to travel from Ueno Station to Sawara, in Chiba, a journey of around 2 hours. I arrived around 10 a.m. on Sunday, the final day of the Autumn festival, in the rain. The floats started to come through the streets around noon, protected in clear plastic. Once the sun came out, you could see the intricate design of the floats and the huge physical effort by the young men and women to push the floats along the narrow streets. The floats are very interesting, but the city of Kotori (formerly Sawara) is just as interesting to walk around in, being an old Edo-era trading center located on a major waterway into Tokyo. The tourist center is very helpful in pointing out the most interesting paths - a highly walkable town!
Written October 30, 2016
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