Kariya Mando Festival
July 30 - 31, 2016

This Festival which is considered an Intangible Folk Cultural Asset of Aichi Prefecture, has a 230 year history. It consists of young men dancing heroically to the accompanying o-hayashi flute and drum music while each carries a papier-mache warrior doll called a “mando” on his shoulders. Each mando is finely crafted out of bamboo and Japanese paper, and is about 5 m tall and 60 kg in weight. Flames are lit in the mandos, and the sight of them floating in the midsummer twilight is quite captivating. The first day’s event is known as Shingaku, in which the mando wind through the streets. On the second day, the “hongaku” dancing is presented as an offering within the grounds of Akiba Shrine.

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