Thursday, July 11, 2019

Tonami Yotaka Matsuri - Japanese Float Crashing Festival 

Tonami Yotaka Matsuri is a summer festival in Tonami city of Toyama prefecture where colorful ornate floats are rushed at each other to crash into each other like a demolition derby with floats. The floats are pulled through streets lined with illustrated paper lanterns then they bring them together for the tsukiawase.

Tsukiawase is the climatic collision event where two floats are rushed at each other and crashed together. The float handlers yank on ropes as they shout trying to push their opponents back. They crash together three times before the next contenders come together for their turn. A winner is declared but it's hard to tell which one wins except in the obvious cases where a float gets knocked back on its frame. All of this is done to entertain the gods and bring good harvests in the fall.

The festival takes place in mid-June on the weekend from 7pm.


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Vagabond traveler currently hold up in Tokyo. I've done a far bit of traveling and had a few interesting adventures along the way. This blog is a chronicle of adventures past and present and those yet to come. I’ve been to about 30 countries though some no bigger than a kitchen table. I’ve run with the bulls of Pamplona, hiked the Inca Trail, got mugged in Mexico City, floated down the Nile in an old boat, climbed the Great Pyramid of Egypt, got ripped at Oktoberfest, and rode the notorious Tokyo Yamanote Halloween Party Train.