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The Oku Mikawa region (Aichi prefecture) in Japan is rich in heritage and boasts many colorful festivals. The famous handheld "Tedsutsu Hanabi" fireworks are almost always part of them.

The Tominaga Shinto Shrine in Shinshiro holds its annual Reitaisai Festival in October. It lasts three days and is one of the biggest autumn festivals in Oku Mikawa. It is more than 400 years old.

Highlights of the festival:
Noh and Kyogen performances (by local children and adults), lion dance (shishi mai), shinto ritual, traditional dances (e.g. sasa odori), Mikoshi parade (featuring 12 floats), onna mikoshi and tedsutsu fireworks display.

The footage was shot in 2007 and 2008. This hour-long documentary is entirely in Japanese.

Filmed and edited by Roger Walch


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