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知立まつり Chiryuu-matsuri Chiryu Festival

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The city of Chiryu in Aichi Prefecture was the 39th of 53 post stations on the Old Tokaido Road in the Edo period (1603-1868). Chiryu Festival is held at Chiryu Shrine from May 2 to 3; Hon-matsuri (the main festival) and Ai-matsuri (the interval festival) are held alternately once every two years.

The main festival is famous for Bunraku and Karakuri performance and the parade of the gorgeous five festival floats, each of which is about 7 meter tall and 5 tons in weight and owned by the town within the city. The techniques of operating Karakuri dolls have been handed down since the Edo Period (1603-1868). Bunraku and Karakuri art is nationally designated as an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property.

In the interval festival, the pretty floats decorated with colorful flowers and the children in Yakko (men servants of daimyo) costume parade through the city.

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12 Jinden, Nishimachi, Chiryu, Aichi Prefecture 472-0023
Chiryu Festival

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