Fujiwara Matsuri

Fujiwara Matsuri! Celebrations To Respect The Fujiwara Family

12/22/2019 By Sylvia Obrien

The city of Hiraizumi in Iwate Prefecture has a yearly celebration called Fujiwara Matsuri, which is held out of appreciation for the Fujiwara family who once vanquished the city. The Festival is performed two times per year, to be specific in the spring of 1-5 May and pre-winter on November 1-3. The two celebrations have memorial functions for the four leaders of the Fujiwara family and proceeded with the mysterious move of the Ennen no Mai (Longevity Dance), a custom that turned into a type of petition for the divine beings.


The Fujiwara group was an honorable family that existed in Japanese history, encountering a time of prime in the Heian time frame. The group is isolated into four group of Fujiwara, Nanke, Hokke, Shikike, and Kyouke.

During that period finished because of the war and no Ura – the occasion usurpation of the Taira and Minamoto faction – a family head of Fujiwara named Hidehira in Hiraizumi helped the Samurai Minamoto no Yoshitsune who had been in the Minamoto tribe triumph In the war. Yoshitsune was advised to go with his company to Hiraizumi to escape from the quest for his stepbrother, Yoritomo, an author and the fundamental factor of the rise of the shogunate framework in the Kamakura time frame (period after Heian).

Fujiwara Matsuri in Spring

Fujiwara Matsuri in Spring

Fujiwara Matsuri in Spring

This appearance occasion turned into a significant piece of the Fujiwara Matsuri which was hung on May 1-5. The headliner was hung on the third, where the appearance march of Yoshitsune was overhauled and turned into the most mainstream occasion right now.

As though getting back to back the significant characters who are gone, every year chose popular Japanese craftsmen who will utilize the characteristics of Heian period at that point play the characters engaged with the appearance occasion. They played both Yoshitsune, his significant other, Hidehira, and the Loyal pupil of Yoshitsune, Musashibou Benkei. One of the on-screen characters who had played Yoshitsune at the celebration was Yusuke Yamamoto.

The Parade that can contact 100 individuals in the Yoshitsune bunch started from the Motsu sanctuary to the Chuson sanctuary. Yoshitsune and his better half were joined by warriors, women and respectable men, and Yamabushi (a Buddhist priest who went in the mountain) who strolled with their lords. To make it look increasingly comparative, the train utilized by the spouse of Yoshitsune was really determined by a bull.

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Musashibou Benkei, otherwise called Benkei, has a place with the escort of Yoshitsune as an incredible Souhei (priest Swordsman) who is well known for his superpowers. Motivated by the intensity of Benkei, the Hiraizumi people group was in a challenge on the last day of the celebration.

In the challenge, individuals race lifting mochi holders weighing 160 kg called Sanpo and stroll beyond what many would consider possible from the beginning stage. The victor is the person who removes the Sanpo further from his rivals.

With respect to the kids, there are rivalries as a fascinating race Sanpo utilizing mines. The most developed individual is folded over the stomach and he will attempt to pull back it as fast and beyond what many would consider possible.

In harvest time celebrations there are Noh exhibitions and kids’ processions that utilization run of the mill Heian shirts. You can appreciate the Heian time frame Japanese culture under the wonderful pre-winter trees.

Access: Using the Tohoku Shinkansen from Tokyo Station to Ichonoseki. At that point utilize the Tohoku line and get off at Hiraizumi station. Go to Chuson Temple via vehicle for 3 minutes, to the Motsu sanctuary by walking for 8 minutes.