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5/05/2011

. Ehime Folk Toys

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Ehime Folk Art - 愛媛県 

The capital is Matsuyama 松山.
Former Iyo Domain 伊予.



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Ikazaki town 五十崎(いかざき)

mojidako, moji tako 文字凧 kite with characters

Ikazaki tako hakubutsukan 五十崎凧博物館 Ikazaki Kite Museum
愛媛県喜多郡内子町五十崎甲1437


- source : www.ikazaki.ne.jp - tako haku


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Ikazaki town is located in Ehime prefecture, Shikoku island in Japan. Ikazaki Kite Festival has its long history over 400 years. The kite festival is held on the children's day(May 5th) for praying happiness and prosperity of children who was born in previous year.
Name of the child is painted on the kite and they celebrate the children's birth and their future happiness.



The size of Ikazaki kite is 3m wide x4m high.
Kite fighting festival has more than 1000 kites in the sky and they are fighting to cut other kite's string with 'Gagari'(cutting tool) fastnend to the string.
You should visit to Ikazaki Kite Museum in which more than 400 kinds of kites and traditional kiting tools are displayed.
The festival will be held on May 5, and October every year.
- source : Kite Festivals in japan


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Imabari 今治

Imabari no koma 今治の独楽 spinning tops of Imabari



Made by craftsman Akiyama 秋山吉人 in the Showa period. They are quite strong, with a body of metal, usually iron 鉄輪こま. They can be used for special tricks, like throwing the kop in the air and catching it with the rope (chongake, chon-gake  ちょんがけ).
- source : koma from Shikoku




atsuwa koma 厚輪こま "top with thick rings"


chongake, chonkake koma ちょんかけ独楽  Chon'kake Goma, flying top



. koma 独楽(コマ) spinning top - Introduction .

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. ushi oni, ushioni, gyuuki 牛鬼 "bull-demon" .
At the shrine Kamo Jinja 加茂神社 in Kikuma 菊間町, Imabari, there is the body of an Ushi-Oni with nine bodies, covered by a black cloth.

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Hachiman hama beach 八幡浜
kubi ningyoo 首人形 head dolls
(trying to locate details)

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Matsuyama town 松山

. hime Daruma 松山の姫達磨 Hime Princess Daruma Dolls


. Ikkanbari hariko  一閑張り張り子
Papermachee dolls and handicraft, Daruma - with haiku


. Kinten Daruma 金天だるま Daruma Dolls with a flat golden head .


. Kojooro the Tanuki prostitute 小女郎 Kojoro .


. Matsuyama anesama 松山姉様 "elder sister" paper dolls .

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Matsuyama no mikoshi 松山のみこし mikoshi models

made from wood, 60 cm long, 18 cm high.
They are not made any more.



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. Iyo Mizuhiki 伊予水引 ceremonial paper strings .


. musha ningyoo 武者人形 samurai doll .
mushadako, musha tako 武者凧 samurai kite


. Noda tenji 野田天神 Tenjin sama from Noda village .

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botchan ningyoo 坊ちゃん人形 "Botchan" dolls



at Dogo Onsen hot spring, in memory of the novel of
. Natsume Soseki 夏目漱石 (1867 - 1916) .


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Ozu City 大洲市  Nagahama-cho 長浜町

yatsujika odori no men 八鹿踊りの面 deer masks for the dance with 8 deer
for the autumn festival at 宇和津神社の「八鹿踊り」
shika men 鹿面 deer masks



made by Utsunomiya 宇都宮 さん.
The dance is performed by boys of about 12 / 13 years, who bent down deeply to imitate the dear. There are bells attached to the masks to make a pleasant sound.

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The Toyoshige area in Ozu City has three Intangible Folk Cultural Properties designated by the city, namely Toyoshige Itsujika Odori, Echigojishi, and Shishimai dances.



Toyoshige Itsujika Odori (Toyoshige five-deer dance)
is said to have begun when Date Hidemune 伊達秀宗, the eldest son of the lord of the Sendai domain, Date Masamune, was appointed the lord of the Uwajima domain in 1615 and took office in the area, bringing experts in
Yatsujika Odori (the eight-deer dance),
which was a folkloric performing art of his native region. During the course of the transmission of the dance into various areas, it is said, the number of dancers was reduced from eight to five. The dance has been carried on for 165 years from around the 12th year of the Tempo era (1841) until now.

The Shishimai dance (deer dance 鹿(しし)踊り), which has a male lion dance and a female lion dance version, is also likely to have been brought together with the Yatsujika Odori dance. The Echigojishi dance, which seems to have begun in the Toyoshige East area in around the 6th year of the Taisho period (1917), is auspicious local performing arts where a red lion and a blue lion dance in unison, the red lion bringing good health, and the blue lion household harmony.
- source : bunkashisan.ne.jp



source : nippon-kichi.jp

Yusudani nanashika odori 遊子谷七鹿踊り Dance of seven Deer

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Saijoo town 西条 Saijo

hamaki, hama ki 破魔鬼 demon mask to ward off evil



from shrine Isono Jinja 伊曽乃神社
They also help to bring good luck. Especially bought during the New Year holidays to protect the home for the coming year. People hang it in the tokonoma, entrance hall or at the gate.

There are larger masks for grown-ups and small ones for children.
They come in black and red.
Its origin is said to be a craw tengu goblin (karasu tengu 烏天狗).

During the annual shrine festival, they are worn by men on their back, then called
onigashira 鬼頭(おにがしら) demon head


source : www.shikoku.ne.jp

Isono Shrine is well known for the autumn festival


Saijo Matsuri 伊曽乃神社例大祭(西条まつり)

- - - - - Homepage of the shrine 伊曽乃神社
http://www.isonojinja.or.jp/


Saijo Town Ehime promotion :
source : Isono Shrine Festival


. WKD : Saijo Festival and Isono Shrine .

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Uwajima town 宇和島 

. ushi oni, ushioni, gyuuki 牛鬼 "bull-demon" .
ox ogre, ox monster, bull fiend with four octopus tentacles on its back.
buuyare 菊間のぶうやれ Buyare / Puyare
puuyare ぷうやれ

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. Uwajima no Daruma 宇和島のだるま .

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Uwajima no koma 宇和島独楽 spinning tops from Uwajima


source : park15.wakwak.com/~eohash

Made by the craftsman shop of Watanabe 渡辺木工所.
Bull fighting was popular in the area, so was fighting with spinning tops. They are therefore rather robust. Made from the polished wood of sarusuberi tree, without any decoration.

. Crape myrtle (sarusuberi 百日紅) .


. koma 独楽(コマ) spinning top - Introduction .

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. Legends and Tales from Japan 伝説 - Introduction .

Matsuyama no nana fushigi 松山の七不思議 seven wonders of Matsuyama
松山城の内堀に住む蛙は鳴かない。
8月の末になると長曾我部元親に敗れた伊予勢の怨霊が打つ陣太鼓の音がする。
紫井戸という水が紫色の水溜りがある。
里人が片身を焼いた鮒を弘法大師が放して蘇生させた。そのため片目である。
弘法大師が芋を石に変えた。
龍隠寺境内の木立で霧のような水気が降る。
8月に討死した霊が怪火となって出る。

- reference : nichibun yokai database -
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. Reference and Photos . Gangu Guide .
. Reference and Photos . Isamu Folk Toys .
. Reference and Photos . Yama no Ie . Folk Toys .

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