Chichibu yo-matsuri
   The 'night festival' of Chichibu, Saitama, held on 2-3rd December. It is renowned for magnificent festival floats (dashi) which are dragged through the streets and finally pulled with great effort up a steep slope to the o-tabisho, followed by the mikoshi and accompanying Shinto priests. The kami of the Chichibu city shrine is identified with myoken, a bodhisattva widely 'Shinto-ised' after the Meiji restoration with the name hoshi or pole-star. Kabuki and a dance called hiki-odori are performed on the floats during the day. At night, with a display of fireworks overhead and liberal distribution of sake, participants celebrate with lantern-lit floats the union of the 'female' kami of the city's shrine with the 'male' kami of the nearby mountain who also takes up residence in the o-tabisho.

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  • Myoken —     Wondrous seeing (Sanskrit: sudrshti); a deity widely revered in shrines before the Meiji period as myoken bosatsu the female divinised form of the Pole star and the Great Bear constellation who was believed to protect the country, avert… …   A Popular Dictionary of Shinto

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