Oct 3, 2015

Otsu Matsuri (Festival)

Otsu Matsuri

October 10th From evening to 21:00
October 11th From 9:00-17:30

You can see the festival around JR Otsu Station which is only 10min from Kyoto Station.

This dazzling autumn celebration of Tenson Shrine is one of the Three Great Festivals of Shiga.  The Otsu Festival has a history of nearly 400 years. It is said to have begun in the early Edo period (1603-1868) in the tanuki (raccoon dog) mask dance of a salt peddler named Jihee. The tanuki mask tradition has been preserved as an Otsu Municipal Cultural Property, and as the festival's roots lie in these masks, each year the Saigyo-Sakura-Tanuki float from Kajiya-cho leads the festival procession.
The Otsu Festival has many attractions—most notably the thirteen extravagant floats adorned with tapestries and other ornaments which parade throughout town on the day of the festival and the lively festival music that can be heard reverberating endlessly throughout Otsu's neighborhoods on the eve of the procession. 

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