Kishiwada Danjiri Festival, Japan

Festival History:- Kishuwadi Danjiri Matsuri is held in Kishiwada, Osaka and is one of the most famous Danjiri Matsuri in Japan. The festival is the biggest and most famous with traditional Japanese wooden float and has elaborate carvings with various decorated ornaments. The many fall festivals in Japan and the Danjini Matsuri is essentially a harvest festival in which prayers are offered to pray for a good autumn bounty. The festival is considered to be one of the wildest festival and is one of a kind in which running of the bulls takes place along with courage and manhood gets proved by local citizens.

Festival celebration:- It is considered to be Osaka’s wildest festival and it has highly-skilled local carpenters to make floats with the help of sculptors. The floats are heavy and weigh over 3000 Kg with each float representing a different district of the city with the glory and honour it has bought to neighbourhood. The highlight of the festival is through the presentation of high speed floats running through narrow streets of Kishiwada. The Daiku-gate has the privilege of standing atop the Danjiri and also the star of the show making it easy for encouraging the participants with strength, courage and endurance along with bonding together within their community.

The Festival food:- The food is the one which is enjoyed by the community and the fried octopus balls by the name of Takoyaki along with Okonomiyaki or the cabbage pancake with the food items such as grilled squid is also sold giving the best of the Danjiri Matsuri experiences. The festival began in 1703 and offers are prayed to Shinto Gods along with the praise for abundant harvest at Fushimi Inari-Taisha, Kyoto. The Danjiri festival was held in September and is more famous of the two. The second festival occurs in October and the less famous involves more Danjiri. The other Danjiri Festival occurs in Haruki Town and also the city has 81 large wooden carts with a portable shrine or Danjiri.

Festival facts:- There is also a museum in Kishiwada which is dedicated towards the festival history. The elaborate stone garden is completed in 1953 along with the Japanese garden modernist along with the Mirei Shigemori which is entitled for the garden of eight battle formations. The stones are laid to replicate the strategic positions of famous Chinese mythical battle. Although a boisterous festival with the flamboyance and intensity that captivates the tourists with beautiful decorations through paper lanterns along with banners and carvings depicting the importance of the 300 year old tradition.