aichi pref


A child in a festival procession 

 She brings god from 観音堂KANNONDO ( A small hall of buddhism)  to Tsushima Shrine

in front of furnace

one of humorous characters 

三都橋Mitsuhashi is a very old village in Shitara-Shinshiro area, Aichi Pref. It located between Toyota city (a home of Toyota cars) and Shinshiro city.  Tsushima shrine is also very old, established in A.D.1324. Every the second Saturday in November (This time, 11th Nov 2017) the village people hold a very old folklore festival, called 参候祭りSanzoro Matsuri.

This festival is very mysterious, having many enigmas to solve. It is a kind of 湯立て神楽YUDATE KAGURA. In Japanese folklore it is said that gods do not stay continuously in shrines or in this human world. Only for the specific duration, for example from new year’s eve until mid-Jan, gods come to us to give happiness. By some ceremonies, people  invoke their gods and invite them to the place where they can stay. The word 神楽KAGURA meant the place for gods, originally. KAGURA is a contracted form of “KAMU KURA”. KAMU means  " god’s “ and KURA is for  ” the place to stay “.From other place (ultimately, from heaven or god’s world )  they invite god into festival yard.

 At 湯立て神楽YUDATE KAGURA we can find a big furnace  In the middle of the yard, which is boiling water. The old Japanese word 湯立てYUDATE means “ to boil water ”.  Asking for the attendance of god, by the holy power of fire and water, they perform the festival. That is YUDATE KAGURA.
SANZORO MATSURI is a kind of YUDATE KAGURA. In this area we can see many festivals belonging to YUDATE KAGURA , such as 花祭りHANAMATSUR I ( Link here). But SANZORO MATSURI shows us other elements.

My knowledge and studying is not enough to illustrate this festival. But I have a great advantage to learn this festival. I’ve got a house in front of Tsushima Shrine in Mituhashi. Now I’m going to become one of the village people. I have enough chance to study.

to be continued


設楽SHITARA and 新城SHINSHIRO, a land of flowers 01 

From last night until this morning we had a spring storm. It rained bitterly and widely, and the wind blew strongly in Japan.  I feel an anxiety  that all of sakura blossoms had scattered during last night.  
Fortunately I took some photos of sakura and many other flowers in Shitara and Shinshiro last Sunday. I’ll post them. And after it I’m going tell you a story about Takeda Shingen and Tokugawa Ieyasu and TATARI legend.

Kita-Shitara county and Shinshiro city is located in north east area of Aichi Pref. Their another name is 奥三河OKUMIKAWA province. At the area Long ago many samurai had historic battles in Sengoku era. And farmers and woodcutters had a many folk festivals as I shown to you at former articles. Now they are  land of flowers and land of folklore. People plant not only sakura but other many flower trees, for example weeping peach. We can see very beautiful scenery in spring.

花祭り(Hanamatsuri) The festival of holy fire and water in Japan

020 小鬼たち

Small Onis. They are followers of large one. 小鬼たち。大きな鬼のお供を務めます。They dance around the furnace rapidly. かまどの周りを舞い狂う小鬼たち。

*Hanamatsuri in Tsuki, Touei-cho, Aichi pref. 22th-23th November  1982 and 1983   愛知県東栄町月の花祭り。1982年から1983年にかけての11月22~23日に撮影

Matsui Rena ameba blog 2015/06/20  23:40


Rena speaking.

The other day I announced my graduation during All Night Nippon.
It was still unofficial then, but now details for the graduation concert have been released.

Matsui Rena.SKE48 Graduation Concert in Toyota Stadium ~2588 DAYS~

2015 August 30th (Sunday)

Aichi pref. Toyota Stadium

To think the day has come when a concert title bears my name… I don’t think I have words to express how that make me feel (laughs)
That kind of things tend to embarrass me.
It will be my graduation concert but also our first live in a large venue since a long time. Nagoya Dome maybe? Or am I forgetting something?
But that’s at least how it feels to me.
So that’s why for you all, members, staffs and myself, I want this concert to be the most enjoyable one ever.
I don’t want it to be gloomy.
I want to leave with a smile, make this concert so fun that laughters will echo in the stadium.
You think it’s not like me, right?
Still I want everyone to smile.
Even if they are smiling through their tears.

It may be a farewell to Matsui Rena the idol, but I’m hoping you’ll be looking forward to meet a new me.
I’m not asking for everyone to follow me.
I’m content with the thought that hopefully someday, years later and it will take the time it needs, I’ll be in a place that brings everyone to recognize the choice I make today is the right one.
That’s probably the best repayment I could offer to the people supporting me. (laugh)

And as I say that, I believe I’ll remain who I am no matter what, so I’m just being a pain to deal with as usual.
And I’m happy that there are people saying they like me despite that.

That’s why I want everyone to come and see me.
Let’s laugh together, let’s make great memories.


I’ll be waiting for you.
I’ll be waiting for you praying for the weather to be good by making tons of teruteru bouzu.

I’ve spent approximatively 1/3 of my life here after all.
So yeah, I want to make this moment exceptional.


Smiling through the tears… 2 months left to master that trick. Hmm! ( >x<)


Sakae 1 chome, Chiryu-city, Aichi-pref by kinpi3