Hamamatsu Local Customs

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  • Like a Labyrinth
    Like a Labyrinth
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    Very very Long Queue I Hate...
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    Art of Managing Long Queue

    by taigaa001 Written May 4, 2015

    One of the things visitors to Japan amaze about is orderliness of long queue which is excellently managed. I usually avoid places where large number of people go and rarely encounter such long queue. But to get to the site of Kyte flying site of Hamamatsu Festival such long queue is unavoidable. When I try to board the bus for Hamamatsu station the queue is such that we had to wait in line from the place one of the dancing and drum performances are taking place. When we got close to the boarding site I saw the labyrinthine lines. Thanks to the excellent management of the long line waiting time to get aboard the bus was not longer than thirty minutes.

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    The legend of the OHAYASHI

    by cheesecake17 Written May 22, 2005

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    Legend has it that the OHAYASHI music band began around the time of the MEIJI era (1911) when a performing group, known as the MORI SANNISUKEJO took a break from performing and become interested in kites.....

    After raising a kite they played TAIKO drums and the flute on the way home...

    Today musical band which performs on top pf the parade floats is different from the average local festival band in that they perform similarly to the MUSICAL BAND of the KABUKI THEATRE....

    In recent times both folk songs and new have been performed..

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    The history of the parade floats

    by cheesecake17 Written May 22, 2005

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    It is said that the PARADE FLOATS began when on the way home after the KITE battles the giant kites were transported a top of the four posts of a large 2 wheeded vehicle resembling a rickshaw , called a DAIHACHIGURUMA, forming a kind of roof over the vehicle..

    After this, around the 4th year of the TAISHO ERA (1915) floats with no base but with flower design, came...

    These where decorated with wisteria and iris flowers, and people danced, sang and played bells and drums as they walked..

    Over the years the floats have become more and more elaborate, until they transformed into the design you see today..

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    The kite flying custom

    by cheesecake17 Written May 22, 2005

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    The hamamatsu kite festival today is a celebration of the renewal of life and the continuation of the community spirit...

    It is customary for the young people of the community to join together to raise a celebratory kite on which the name of a newborn child and its family name is written and to pray for the child growth and prosperity..

    Until recently, a kite would be raised ONLY to celebrate the birth of the FIRST male child to a family...

    Nowadays many people raise kites to celebrate the birth of the first daughter as well..

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