Toyama’s Fushiki Kenkayama Matsuri 伏木けんか山祭り

From Takaoka-shi's official website

The Fushiki Hikiyama Matsuri 伏木曳山祭り[Fushiki Float Festival], popularly known as the Fushiki Kenkayama Matsuri 伏木けんか山祭り[Fushiki Fighting Floats Festival] will take place on Saturday, May 15, 2010 in our neighboring prefecture of Toyama. The first festival was held in 1820, and the festival is a designated cultural asset of Takaoka-shi. In the afternoon, 曳山 (hikiyama), or festival floats, are adorned in flowers paraded to the Fushiki Shrine. At night, the flowers are exchanged for lanterns, and the participants crash the floats into each other.

Access Information

Location
Fushiki Shrine 伏木神社
〒933-0111
富山県高岡市伏木東一宮17番2号
2-17 Fushiki Higashi Ichinomiya, Takaoka-shi, Toyama-ken 933-0111

Schedule
May 15, 7 am – 12 am
7:00 The festival floats are decorated with flowers
8:00 Procession of mikoshi with taiko drumming
10:00 Procession of the floats begins
11:00 The floral festival floats are purified at Fushiki Shrine 伏木神社
14:30 The flowers are removed from the floats and are replaced with paper lanterns
18:30 The float fight begins—the lantern-ladled floats are crashed into each other; general revelry
24:00 The floats are purified at the shrine

Links
Fushiki Jinja’s website (Japanese only)
Toyama’s official website (includes address and map) (Japanese)
Photos from past festivals
A blog post about attending the festival in 2008. Lots of pictures and a video. (English)

Leah Zoller is a first-year CIR in Anamizu and can’t turn down a festival that involves かちゃ!

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One thought on “Toyama’s Fushiki Kenkayama Matsuri 伏木けんか山祭り

  1. This festival was a blast! Watching the carts crash into each other was a lot of fun, and the lanterns were beautiful. A very exciting festival indeed.

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