Floats of Takayama Spring Festival

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KAGURA TAI

KAGURA TAIKAGURA TAI has been always at the front of the parade of the floats and is called”The Way Opener”
It is said that this float was improved in 1854,by the famous carver YOROKU TANIGUCHI.His kinsfolk undertook the responsibility of maintaining this float,and all of the carvings you see here were crafted by this famed carver.


SANBASO

Sanbasou

It is said that this float was built about 200 years ago.
As the festival grew prosperous, marionettes became fashionable and competition between the float sponsors began.
This float goes next to KAGURA TAI in the parade because it is a custom that SANBASO is played in KABUKIat the beginning as a pre-performance.


KIRIN TAI

Kirin

The carving on the lower stage of this float is thought to be one of Takayama’s most distinctive masterpieces of art. And this KIRIN TAI float is certainly among the most beautiful of all the festival floats.
As the name “KIRIN” suggests, many giraffe ornaments are featured.


SHAKKYO TAI

Shakkyo

It is said that this float was originally built. The float that you see now was completed in 1865, and the marionette was refurbished in 1984, after a one hundred year interval.


GODAISAN

Godaisan

This float, well known for its noble air, was built from 1789 to 1801. In the end of 19th century, the float was extensively renovated to its present stately and graceful form.


HOUOU TAI

Houou

This float’s original construction dated is unknown as well, but we do know that the original was destroyed by fire in 1834 and rebuilt three years later.HOO TAI is well-known for its detailed construction and for the halberd on the top of its roof which is reminiscent of the GION FLOATS in KYOTO.


EBISU TAI

Ebisu

Although the age of its construction is not certain, there is evidence that indicates that the float existed from 1764 to 1772. the wood carving of ten lions around the lower part of the float was carver by the craftsman TANIGUCHI and shows ten different lions’faces. All of which are said to show human expressions.


RYUJIN TAI

Ryuujin-Tai

The age of thie float is uncertain, but it is believed to have been constructed in 1807.
This one is decorated with dragon carvings, and a dragon god marionette site stop the float.


KONGO TAI

Kongou-Tai

The original KONGO TAI was in 1770′s, and the present float was reconstructed in 1849.
The name of this float, “KONGO,”is derived from the name of a gold mine in China. Also, the tapestry is a Chinese embroidery. On the roof top there is a large silver globe.


KINKO TAI

Kinkou-Tai

This float’s construction date is unknown. KINKO TAI was rebuilt by the famous carver TANIGUCHI, in 1838. TANIGUCHI did most of the carvings on this float, includind the gold inlaid carp on the float’s pillars. The golden embroidery of swimming carp is worth about 10 million yen, or 75 thousand American dollars.


DAIKOKU TAI

Daikoku-Tai

The float was constructoin in 1796. A doll of “DAIKOKU”, one of seven lucky gods, was taken over from another float community and the float was named after this doll. When it is pulled down the street, note how the upper section of the float seem to shimmer.


SEIRYU TAI

Seiryuu-Tai

This float’s distinction is its castle-like roof with golden dolphins.
SEIRYU TAI was reconstructed in 1851, but the date of original construction is unknown. The wooden carving of peony flowers around the middle section of the float wsa completed in 1987 after a full two-year rebuilding process. The carving shows the life of peony.