12/13/2011

Miyagi Prefecture

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Miyagi Prefecture - 宮城県

prefecture of Japan in the Tōhoku Region on Honshu island.
The capital is Sendai 仙台.

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. Matsushima 松島 .


. Kokeshi Dolls from Miyagi こけし .
Narugo Naruko Kokeshi Festival in September
Shiroishi Kokeshi Exhibition, May 3–5



Aoba Castel 青葉城 "Castle of the Green Leaves"
by Hasui Kawase (1883-1957)

Aoba Castle (青葉城, Aoba-jō), also known as Sendai Castle (仙台城, Sendai-jō), was the castle of the Date family. Built by Date Masamune atop Mount Aoba, it commanded a highly defensible strategic position overlooking the city of Sendai.
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. Miyagi - Entries of this BLOG .

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Aoba matsuri 青葉祭り Aoba festival


suzume odori すずめ踊り starling dance, sparrow dance

The original Sparrow Dance is derived from the dance improvised by the stonemasons at the feast for the construction of Sendai Castle of famous monarch Masamune Date about 400 years ago.


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... representing the coming of Spring.
The special-feature event on Saturday evening (Yoi-matsuri, or Festival-Eve event) is the "Suzume-odori (sparrow dance) Contest", open to the public for participation. This adds to the atmosphere of the festival and it is encouraged for people to try the suzume dance for themselves!
The next day (Sunday) includes the Hon-matsuri (Main Festival), where you can see a parade of soul-stirring Yamaboko (decorative floats) and samurai warriors marching in procession under the roadside Zelkova trees.
Amid the beating sound of the Odaiko (big drums) and chanting for joy, the main street is completely filled with the jubilant excitement of the festival.
source : www.sentabi.jp




During the Edo period, a festival for Tosho-gu Shrine was held on September 17. This has come to be known as the "Sendai Matsuri."
Tosho-gu Shrine was built on April 17, 1654 in the days of the second Sendai clan leader, Date Tadamune, Sendai Matsuri started on that day the following next year. Because of Sankinkoutai ( a kind of the feudal system of Clan leaders' alternate-year attendance at Edo), it was held every other year, when the leader was staying in Sendai.

..... During the Meiji era, in 1874, Aoba Shrine 青葉神社 was built in the precinct at Tosho-ji Temple in Kitayama to commemorate Date Masamune, an ancestor of the clan leaders. On May 24, the next year, the anniversary of his death, the festival began. People had gradually come to call the festival "Aoba Matsuri" not Sendai Matsuri, and it became a civic holiday when banks, government offices and schools were closed to celebrated it.
In 1885, the 250th ceremony of Masamune's death was held in a large scale with many floats,
..... Although Aoba Matsuri was called off more than twenty years ago, it has been revived with some renewals in 1985, when it was the 350th ceremony of Masamune's death.
Now it has become a typical Spring sight in Sendai.

Read more details HERE :
source : www.aoba-matsuri.com


. Date Masamune (伊達政宗) .
(September 5, 1567 – June 27, 1636)

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. Dontosai どんと祭 Matsutaki Matsuri .
naked men festival
January 14, Osaki Hachiman Shrine, Sendai



. Ishinomaki Kawabiraki 石巻川開き
"River Opening at Ishinomaki" .

in honor of Kawamura Magobei 川村孫兵衛



Matsushima Oyster Festival
first weekend(Saturday and Sunday) of February
featuring various winter oyster dishes, like barbequed oysters and scallops over charcoal.




Sendai Classical Music Festival
仙台クラシックフェスティバル
October
Sen-Cla (pronounced sen-ku-ra せんくら)
source : Japan Times, 2008



Sendai Pageant of Starlight SENDAI光のページェント
December
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. Tanabata Star Festival 七夕 .
Sendai Tanabata Festival, August 6–8


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Yosakoi Matsuri よさこい祭り 仙台
Yosakoi Dance Festival




Yosakoi (よさこい) is a unique style of dance that originated in Japan. Yosakoi started in the city of Kōchi in 1954, as a modern rendition of Awa Odori, a traditional summer dance.
Since its introduction in 1954, yosakoi has become popular throughout the country of Japan. Now, Yosakoi-Soran festivals are held all over Japan, throughout the year.
They vary in size from small villages hosting a few teams of dancers in conjunction with another annual festival, to large cities like
Sendai, which hosts the Michinoku Yosakoi Festival,
the third largest festival in Japan.
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External LINKS :

Furukawa Festival
August 2 - 4

Shiroishi Summer Festival
August 11 - 12
source : www.tohokumatsuri.jp



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. Regional Folk Toys from Japan - GANGU . 

. Regional Dishes from Japan - WASHOKU .


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