Handa Spring Floats Festivals
Okkawa Hachimansha shrine and Wakamiya-sha shrine
Saturday and Sunday, before or after March 20
Okkawa Area Float festival is held the first in Handa Spring Float Festivals.
This is also called "kenka matsuri"(lit./fight festival).
Though this is a very dangerous festival to carry floats up and down to the hill,
young men want to be a steersman, who take the first position, to show how brave he is.
So, it has been said that a man who took the position of a steersman
can marry with the best girl in Okkawa area.
The struggle among young men to take the best position is the highlight of this festival.
There are four floats named
Miyamotosha float, Genjisha float, Hachimanhsa float and Kagurasha float
March 22 (Sat.)
|10:00||Okkawa Hachimansha sakaage (carry dashi up the hill)highlight !|
|11:15||offering of sanbaso dance|
|11:30||offering of karakuri-ningyo or old mechanical doll performance|
|13:30||Okkawa hachimansha sakaoroshi (down the hill) / highlight !|
|16:00||four floats gather in Wakamiyasha shrine|
|16:15||offering of Sambaso comical old performance|
|18:30||floats leave Wakamiyasha shrine|
|20:00||each float return their area|
|March 23 (Sun.)||9:00||floats gather in Wakamiyasha shrine|
|9:30||Sambaso comical old performance offering|
|10:00||offering of karakuri-ningyo or old mechanical doll performance|
|11:30||floats leave Wakamiyasha shrine|
|13:30||arrive Okkawa Shinmachi crossing|
|15:30||Okkawa Hachimansha shrine sakaage (up the hill)/ highlight !|
|16:00||offering of Sambaso comical old performance|
|16:30||offering of karakuri-ningyo or old mechanical doll performance|
|17:00||Okkawa hachimansha sakaoroshi (down the hill) / highlight !|
Take JR rapid train/kaisoku bound for Taketoyo from Nagoya sta..
Get off at Okkawa station.(approx. 39 min. 570yen)
Take JR Tokaido-honsen line bound for Toyohashi
Change the train at Obu sta. bound for Taketoyo
Get off at Okkawa sta. (approx. 38 min. from Nagoya, 570yen)
Walk 5 minutes
(ex. take 8:22a.m. JR express from Nagoya, arrive at Okkawa sta. at 8:57a.m. March 19 Sat. 2005)
(ex.take 8:52 JR express from Nagoya, arrive at Okkawa at 9:27)