The Kishiwada Danjiri Festival is held in both the Kishiwada and Haruki districts, with the Haruki River as the boundary. The four-ton wooden floats called "Danjiri" turning the corner without dropping their speed is a sight you wouldn't want to miss.
The lively chants of the people pulling/steering the floats make it even more amazing. Turning the swiftly moving gigantic float is called "yarimawashi" and it's the highlight of this entire festival.
Witness the speed of the rapidly moving Danjiri!
The Kishiwada Danjiri Festival is held every year in September and October. The former is more famous than the other and is held in both the Kishiwada and Haruki districts, with the Haruki River as the boundary. The four-ton wooden festival floats called "danjiri" turning the corner without dropping their speed (known as "Yarimawashi") is a sight you wouldn't want to miss! In most Japanese festivals, the floats with wheels are purposefully slowed down before turning a corner.
In contrast, in the Kishiwada Danjiri Festival, a number of young people run and pull the danjiri floats at full speed while teams of danjiri experts turn the float around 90 degree corners without slowing down. Skill, experience, and courage are needed to master the extremely difficult timing of the "yarimawashi".
The path to Kishiki Shrine just might be the most memorable thing you'll see at the festival. Each danjiri float from the different towns, demonstrates the strength and courage of the town people by turning the sharp corner while going up the Konakara-Zaka slope, where the danjiri has to make it to the top of the steep slope in one go!
Thanks to these lively displays, this festival has gained a reputation for being wildly entertaining. The lively chants of the people pulling/steering the float make it even more amazing. Let's witness an excitingly unique festival here in Osaka.