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Old October 15th, 2005, 08:24 PM   #61
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Old October 15th, 2005, 08:36 PM   #63
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Old October 23rd, 2005, 04:22 AM   #67
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Kendo, your pics are fantastic! Thanks. I've never known about Nagoya Port's Villagio Italia. Is that new?

DoubleR your food pics look really apetizing! ITADAKIMASU.
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Kendo, your pics are awesome. Thank you, man!.
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wow, i really enjoyed this thread. thank you all for the wonderful pics sugoi!
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I think they are mad.


***** Festival in Nagoya

http://www.yamasa.org/japan/english/...ata_jinja.html

The Hounen festival at Tagata shrine is one of the most famous (or infamous?) festivals in Japan. Every year on March 15 a huge two and a half meter wooden phallus is carried the short distance between two shrines attracting visitors from all over Japan and international media attention. The festival is fun with a lot of sake drinking; however the background of the festival is rather more serious.

Hounen means bountiful year and like many cultures, Japan had numerous fertility rituals appealing to gods or spirits for a good harvest. Spring is the time of regeneration where seeds sprout and dormant trees and plants that seem to be dead come back to life.

The Hounen festival pays veneration to a female deity, Tamahime-no-mikoto, embodying agricultural fertility. Every year at the height of winter a new phallus is made from a single Japanese cypress tree and carved according to strict ritual. According to Shinto traditions newly made objects posses vitality. The phallus is a gift to the deity, which accompanies her visiting husband once a year.

Originally the phallus was much smaller and attached to a straw effigy. However this was considered a bit too risque even for a fertility ritual, so the effigy was discarded and the phallus was paraded by itself in a small portable shrine. Over time the phallus slowly increased in length from less than a meter to well over two meters. The total weight of the phallus and shrine is now 400kg (nearly 900 pounds) and this year was over two and a half meters long.

The parade is lead by a priest throwing salt to purify the path of the shrine. Next are several men carrying banners, and the last banner has a rather graphic picture which could most delicately be described as being rather anatomic in nature. Following are local dignitaries wearing golden sashes reminiscent of Buddhist priests. Then come several young ladies in purple robes carrying 60cm wooden phalli. Next are a number of Shinto priests led by one dressed as the deity Sarutahiko-no-okami, distinctive with red face, large nose and unruly hair.

The most popular part of the parade follows next: a cart decorated with trees and, most importantly, a vat of sake which is distributed in wax paper cups by volunteers. Then come the two portable shrines. The first of the shrines is a statue of the deity Takeinadene-no-mikoto, the visiting husband of the agricultural deity. Last is the phallus carried by 12 men, all aged 42. This age is considered unlucky and so requires spiritual intervention. Carrying the gift to the agricultural deity is hoped to bring special blessings for that inauspicious age.

Once the phallus arrives at the shrine it is enshrined in the Shinmei shrine for the next year. The old phallus is sold to local businesses or private homes. It is perhaps an unsettling thought that these phalli are all over the neighborhood.

This festival, like most festivals in Japan, is treated in a lighthearted way, with much sake and noisy behavior. However, it is obvious that people do take it seriously, solemnly approaching the permanent shrines and praying in silence. As modern society grew less dependent on the vagaries of seasons and harvests the importance of agriculture traditions has faded. Even so young couples still come to the shrine throughout the year hoping to be blessed with healthy children.

Getting there is fairly simple. The tickets are 710 yen each way. From Shin Nagoya station (next to JR Nagoya Station) catch the Meitetsu Inuyama line to Inuyama station. Inuyama is about 30 minutes from Nagoya and is a major station and the first with several platforms.

At Inuyama station change to the Komaki line (platform 3) and catch any train traveling back in the same direction you arrived, south. Get off at the third station, Tagata Jinja Mae, and you will have no problems finding the shrine. Walk to the west and turn to the left (south) down the main road or just follow the others.

The main parade usually starts at 2pm although there it is worth getting there a little bit early to look around first. There are plenty of yatai (small temporary foodstalls often seen at festivals) selling typical festival foods such as karaage (fried chicken pieces) and yakitori (grilled chicken on a stick), takoyaki (small prices of octopus grilled in batter), french fries and drinks. You can pick up some interesting souvenirs such as some ***** shaped candy to suck on while you make your way home?
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Nagoya, Dec. 05

From Mariott Hotel (JR Central Towers): Towards Sakae Business & Shopping district


JR Central Towers (226 & 245m)

"Spiral Tower" u.c.

Business district Fushimi


On the way to Kakuouzan Temple

Kakuouzan

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Typical shopping district: Ohsu


"Nagoyajou" - Nagoya castle

View towards Nagoya Station, from the left: Toyota Mainichi Bldg. (247m), JR Central Towers, Lucent Tower (180m) u.c.
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Thanks for the last pic ^___^.
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Centrair's design is great. Simple and pleasant. It's a lot better than Kansai, which is expensive but doesn't get that much passengers.
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Old January 20th, 2006, 11:32 AM   #77
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wow! very photos!

In Spanish is "Barrio Italiano" of Nagoya (Italian Village)
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