Giant Lantern Festival
Trip Start Jul 26, 2008
49Trip End May 17, 2013
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I hadn't known this festival until I found its brochure at my train station, although Isshiki is located in the prefecture where I live. My mom is knowledgeable in tourist attractions all over the prefecture (and Japan), but she didn't know the festival, either. I googled the festival, and then I happened to find its introduction page on the website of JNTO (Japan National Tourism Organization)! I was so surprised because there are a lot of festivals held in August all over the country, only 10 festivals of them were introduced there, and Isshiki lantern festival was also selected! I usually pass local festivals, but for the above-mentioned reason, I couldn't miss out on it.
Daicho-chin Matsuri (Giant Lantern Festival) from JNTO website.
The webpage has only one picture, but it is far better than any pic of mine...
Isshiki is close to my workplace. I took a bus from Hekinan Station and arrived at the shrine at around seven. The shrine was terribly crowded, because the candles were scheduled to be put in the lanterns at seven
Three months after the festival, I got information that a replica of the largest lantern from the festival was displayed in the Hall of Learning of Isshiki. I was very happy to hear that, because I couldn't take good pictures in the festival and I was about ready to give them up. Anyway, I couldn't resist to a temptation to visit the museum. The museum is not only about the festival, but also about the overall history of Isshiki, although I was not interested in the history except that of the festival. I stirred up my memory by watching the video and looking closely at the details of the diorama related to the festival. The main display of the museum was the largest lantern of Japan, which was 10 meters in hight, 5.6 meters in diameter, and 1 ton in weight. The museum was three-story building, which barely housed the lantern hung from the ceiling of the third floor to the first floor. The size of the candle was 1.2 meters high and 80 kilograms heavy. I was fully satisfied with them.