SpotUjiko(shrine parishioners)

Most of the ujiko (shrine parishioners) of old at the Hachimangu Shrine were the richest merchants in Takayama. Kusakabe Mingei-kan (Kusakabe Heritage House) and Yoshijima-ke (Yoshijima Heritage House) belonged to these merchants and details evident in these grandiose houses show off the traditional skills of Hida from days gone by.

As well as supporting the shrine, these merchants also provided support for the Takayama Festival.
The local Shishi Kaikan (Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall) displays shishi-gashira (wooden lion masks) used in the shishimai lion dance in past centuries and other festival related materials from around the nation are also displayed. Traditional karakuri doll performances are held several times an hour.

Very much a local effort, many craftsmen famous for their work on the floats have lived for generations around the shrine area and their own support of the festival stands proudly beside that of the local merchants and their financial contributions. Engravers, painters of the shunkei-nuri lacquer wear and furniture upholsterers are trades that can still be found practiced around this area.

Ujiko(shrine parishioners)



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