Listen to the sound of Nagoya Festival
Just got back from Nagoya's biggest bash - the annual Nagoya Festival, which first started in 1954.
Nagoya's largest festival takes place over two days in various parts of the city including daily parades of large floats with period costume and accompanying kagura music down Otsu dori celebrating Japan's three great medieval strongmen: Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and Tokugawa Ieyasu.
Other events include: exhibitions of medieval warfare yabusame (horseback archery) in Atsuta jinja and a fighting with pikes demonstration in Angel Square just south of Nagoya TV Tower.
More contemporary-focused events include marching bands, open-car and flower parades and children's activities.
The open-top car parade was particularly fun - as the home town of Toyota Corporation (Toyota City is just down the road) - Nagoya, with its wide car-friendly boulevards and elevated highways, has a particular love-affair with the automobile.
It's been another good year for this conservative and prosperous city in central Japan - property prices are on the up and the local baseball team, the Chunichi Dragons, have won the Central League pennant.
Guide To Nagoya
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Nagoya Festival Homepage
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Sunday, October 15, 2006