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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Handa Dashi Matsuri

はんだ山車まつり

The Handa Dashi Matsuri takes place once every five years in the small town of Handa on the Chita Peninsula south of Nagoya. The Handa Dashi festival took place on the first weekend of October this year so the next one will not be until 2017.

Handa Dashi, Chita


Dashi means "float" and 31 decorated floats from the Handa area are assembled to take part in the festival.

The Handa Matsuri has roots going back to the Edo Period of Japanese history but the festival in its present form dates back to the 1970s.

Handa Dashi Festival 2012


Handa is on the Meitetsu Line from Nagoya Station and Kanayama Station. Handa's other attractions include a Vinegar Museum and Sake Museum.

Handa Dashi Matsuri


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