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The Order of the Hana Matsuri

The Hana Matsuri is held in grand style between the middle of November and the beginning of March in the following your at 15 locations in Toueicho Town in Aichi prefecture every year.
It is also held on the 2nd Saturday・Sunday of November in Toueicho Misono. The religious services begin around 4:00 pm at dusk on Saturday.
The dancing starts around 7:00 pm and goes on followed by children’s dancing (Hana no Mai (flower dancing)) at midnight, Oni no Mai (Friendly Japanese Ogre) etc. until the midday on the following day.

The Order of the Hana Matsuri

The religious services

  • 1.Takibarai
  • 2.Tsujikatame
  • 3.Ama no Matsuri (Takene Matsuri)
  • 4. Oyudate (the water-boiling ritual) Kamiyose (to invite God and listen a divine message)
  • 5.Miyawatari (Ujigami Mukae) (welcoming the local Shinto deity God)
  • 6.Kirume Matsuri
  • 7.Kamaharai
  • 8.Shimeoroshi

The dancing

  • 9. Bachi no Mai
  • 10.Shiki San Ban
  • 11.Dikatame no Mai
  • 12.Ichi no Mai
  • 13.Yamamioni no Mai
  • 14.Hana no Mai
  • 15.Hananomaichuu Shinji Kigansai
  • 16.Jun no Mai
  • 17. Gannushi no Mai
  • 18.MitsuMai
  • 19.Sakakioni no Mai
  • 20. Hinonegi, Okina no Mai (An elderly man’s dance)
  • 21. Miko(Shrine Maiden), Osando (Otafuku – a mask of a women with a round face prominent cheeks and a flat nose)
  • 22.Surikogi – a wooden pestle, Shamoji – a rice scoop (Misonuri, Meshinuri)
  • 23.Yotsu Mai
  • 24.Yubayashi no Mai The hot-water-cleansing ritual
  • 25.Asaoni no Mai
  • 26.Shishi no Mai

The religious services

  • 27.Hiinaoroshi – a human figure cutout of paper (Yubuta, Soehanaoroshi)
  • 28.Miyawatari (Ujigami Okuri – seeing off thelocal Shinto deity God)
  • 29.Shidume Matsuri
  • 30.Gedougari


The Program and Viewing of the Hana Matsuri

Movies with the mark are viewable.

Yamami Oni no Mai
Hana no Mai
Sakaki Oni no Mai