Hamamatsu Local Customs

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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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