The 377th Inuyama Festival took place this weekend just gone. Celebrated in rather more muted style than normal due to the events of the recent earthquake and tsunami, but celebrated nonetheless as life and traditions go on.
13 huge dashi floats are paraded around Inuyama, a small castle town north of Nagoya. Flute players and drummers ride the floats and play the traditional festival tunes for the crowds below as mechanical puppets are also displayed on the floats. The festival is hosted by Haritsuna Shrine.
From Nagoya Station, Inuyama is around 30 minutes by Meitetsu Inuyama Line and about the same time from Gifu Meitetsu Station.
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