Kariya Mando Matsuri Festival
Trip Start Jul 26, 2008
48Trip End May 17, 2013
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On my way to the festival venue, I saw a lot of visitors wearing light cotton kimono on the train. Later, however, it turned out that most all of them were going to Toyota, not Kariya. Anyway, I arrived at Kariya before dusk. A number of paper figures had been arranged along a street and figure carriers were cheering and hopping around them. To be honest, they were not appealing to me at that time. I took a few pictures there and left for the main venue Akiba Shrine. In the precincts of the shrine, a group of children was showing their dances, shouldering figures and hopping in a circle. Their families enjoyed taking pictures or shooting videos, but it was not my taste. I headed to another venue, but to tell the truth, I felt like going back home at the time. However, because I had seen some pictures of beautiful paper figures illuminated from within at night, I chose to stay there, waiting for dusk to fall.
At around seven, illuminated paper figures came to the venue. My choice was right. The figures were much more beautiful than those before dusk. Personally, I felt that they were not worth watching in the daytime but worth watching in the evening. Kariya Mando Festival was completely different from Toyota Oiden Festival in every aspect. It has much longer history and outstanding uniqueness. Although there is a tendency for young people to prefer trends to traditions, Mando Festival has been loved for more than two centuries by local people of Kariya.
Mando Matsuri 2009 (from YouTube)
I only took some pictures of the festival, but it is easier to understand with a video like this. Check it out.