April 14 to 15, 2015
Started in the 16th century, the Takayama Festival is considered one of Japan’s most beautiful festivals. This is considered the Spring Festival in Japan.
The festival in centred on the sacred Hie Shrine. Since the shrine is also called the Anno shrine, the festival, too, is sometimes referred to as Sanno Festival.
In April, the city of Takayama is treated to colourful processions. Throughout the day, beautiful floats or yatai are displayed in the streets of the city. Although springtime spells cheerful weather, the rain clouds do tend to make an appearance. At those times, the floats are not brought of the storehouses, but the doors are kept open so that visitors can still be entertained by quick glimpses of this particular display of Japanese culture.
The floats are held in such high regard as they are decorated quite lavishly. Intricate carvings of wood and elaborate metal-work adorn these floats, which also carry heavy embroidered artworks. Flowers cover most of the floats, too, and their fragrance pervades the streets of Takayama throughout the day.
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