At Asuke Shrine Jinja from the city of Toyota is held annually a festival in honor of the Hero of Asuke Jirou Shigenori, who fought for the South Court of the Emperor Go-Daigo in the Genko War in the year 1331, at the siege (battle) of Kasagiyama in Kyoto.
In ancient times, this festival was usually held on the 3rd of May, the date on which Hero Shigenori passed away, but is recently held on the second Sunday of April, and the day before, during the Sakura season (cherry blossoms).
The 7 districts of the Asuke Ward (Shinno-cho, Tamachi, Honmachi, Shinmachi, Nishimachi, Miyamachi and Juei-cho) take their float Hanaguruma (allegorical car) and parade around the neighborhood of Asuke.
Hanaguruma floats are beautifully decorated with cherry blossoms (sakura), wisteria and other floral arrangements, and teenagers play drums (Taiko) accompanied by the band that plays Ohayashi festival music.
The youngsters called "Wakaren" maneuver the Hanaguruma through the streets, pushing and pulling energetically.
As it is a festival performed with sakura flowers and beautiful girls, it is said that this spring festival is opposite the autumn festival as it is performed with strong men.
Date: The festival is held every year on the second Saturday of and Sunday of April.
Open Hours: Saturday of 14: 00 as 17: 00 and Sunday of 6: 00 as 17: 00.
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