Floats of Takayama Autumn Festival

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KAGURA TAI

Kagura-Tai

This float was constructed from 1602 to 1649, during the period of third KANAMORI Daimyo. The Daimyo’s brother presented a grand drum and lion mask to HACHIMAN Shrine. The drum was placed on a stage balcony. Later,this construction was made more mobile by adding wheels. this float and the beating of its large drum always lead float procession.


HOTEI TAI

Hotei-Tai

Age unknown. This has been repaired several times, but it retains its original design. Historians consider this float one of the best surviving examples of the earliest floats. The HOTEI TAI has fescinating marionette play with complicated tricks, in which child dolls jump about one of the Seven Lucky Gods.


KINPO TAI

Kinpo-Tai

It is thought that the float first appeared in 1718. In 1804 this float was partially destroyed, but it was reconstructed in this from sometimes after 1848. Most of the carving on this float was done by YOROKU TANIGUCHI. The marionette dolls were remade in 1819 and again in 1968.


DAIHACHI TAI

Daihachi-Tai

The age of this float is unknown, but it was rebuilt in 1818. The wheels measure over 1.7 meters(5 and a half feet) in diameter and are called daihachiguruma; the float is named after these wheels. The wheels’ design is imitative of Imperial Court cart wheels.


KYUHOSHA

Kyuhosha

The year of construction is unknown, although the earliest written record of the float’s existence dates to 1747. In 1826 the float was almost completely destroyed.In 1837 it was reconstructed to its present unusual 3-wheeled form. The back curtain is embroidered in the style of the Chinese Ming Dynasty.


JINMA TAI

Jinma-Tai

The age of this float is unknown, but it is said that the float did participate in the first festival, which dates to 1718. This float was reconstructed many times, and in 1816 the float adopted the statues of white horse and grooms that we see today.


SENNIN TAI

Sennin-Tai

In 1718 this float appeared in the first festival as YUNOHANA TAI (Flower of Hot Water Float), but in 1793 it was renamed SENNIN TAI. The roof of this float is reminiscent of the earliest floats, and this is one of the few remaining examples.


GYOJIN TAI

Gyojin-Tai

This float is also one of the oldest remaining masterpieces. In 1875 GYOJIN TAI was partially destroyed by fire, and soon after that it was rebuilt to its present simple form; however, it was absent from the festival from the end of 19th century until it finally reappeared in 1951. The carving of the old man is dated to 1782.


HOJYU TAI

Hojyu-Tai

HOJYU TAI is also known as KAME YATAI, or Turtle Float. The turtle on the roof were carved from 1818 to 1830 by a father and son named TAKAGAKI. Since TAKAYAMA is an inland region and travel was extremely difficult in those days, the carvers never had an opportunity to see turtle; thus, the artists created turtle with human-like heads and ears.


HOMEI TAI

Homei-Tai

The middle part of this float is octagonal, an unusual shape for festival floats. The lower section of the float are decorated with the carvings of ten dogs. This float is considered by many to be among the most beadtiful the autumn festival.The upper level of the float is adorned with carvings of chrysanthemums, and the lower level with peonies.


HOUOU TAI

Houou-Tai

Age unknown. The animal carvings are the among the best masterpieces of YOROKU TANIGUCHI and help give the float its noble air. HOO TAI was also gteatly improved in 1910, when even more embellishments were added. Because of this float’s craftsmen’s great attention to detail, HOO TAI is thought of as one of the most awe-inspiring of all of Takayama’s festival floats.