ABOUT Morioka Dashi



The Morioka Autumn float(Morioka Dashi) in the dedicated

 in the Morioka Hachimangu shrine festival (13-16 September every year)

It is a festival that continues from Houei six years(1709)  for  about 300 years with the history.


(Therefore, 2009 is a 300 memorial year of Morioka Autumn float. )


It is said that the origins are in Tokyo, the Asakusa Sanja Matsuri, the Kanda festival,

and Kyoto Gion Matsuri, etc, And that the remaining influences is everywhere.


For instance, "Float musical band" of the Morioka float and "Float initiative"


It seemed to have become present shape~Nanbu-kiyari~

referring to "Edo Kiyari" and "Gion bayashi" and Sanja Matsuri.


Moreover, it seemed to have learnt "Teco Mai" and "Iron rod" from the Kanda festival.



The float is being limited to the electric wire now,therefore, it is 4.5m.

However, the float from Edo period to the Meiji era had the size from 10 to about 20m.


Therefore, it is said that it keeps from in all sides, it ropes,

two people take side with of each the young person,

and the stability of the float was attempted.


Moreover, each class competed for the gorgeousness of the float in feelings

that you may exhaust the income of the age for the float at that time.

It was very ardent to the float.



 Former Morioka Dashi (1903 jyusan nichi machi street Main title: Mori ranmaru )

The origin of the word float was to have said at the festival,

"Dashi" the basket that hung the bamboo of the knitting leaving

that the projecting halberd had previously applied down

as god's dependence fee in the stall where various decorations had been done.

It was said, "danjiri" or "yama" in Kansai in which it had centered on Osaka.

It has been succeeded as the remaining influences by a present

Kishiwada Danjiri festival and of Kyoto and the Gion association.


It scatters in the age and the provinces and it has changed.

It became the shape of a present "Morioka Dashi" in Morioka.



Example:Figure of Yamahoko that is called Torihoko from Kyoto, Gion Matsuri

In the decoration of the Morioka float,

there is a law of "Heaven, person, ground, and sea".




The heaven shows the pine, cherry blossoms, and the wistaria.

The person is a doll of the theme.

The Ground shows that rocks and is  the peony which red and white flower.

The Sea shows the lowering wave(Wave that adheres side of the Dashi),

The Bon-Wave(wave that adheres around the Bon ), and Shibki.


A doll of the theme is chosen to be a great scene of the kabuki and the histrical person.


As for the title of the float in recent years, a happy theme that so superstitious is chosen.

The theme etc. that decorate Gunkimono(War story) and predecessors express express gratitude to predecessors

who have supported not only parents who gave birth to himself/herself but also the traditions of Japan for feelings.

And In the meaning "Offering to the god" that is the intended purpose,

the float has the straw rice bag, the sea bream, and the offering.


Example of float that decorates theme that superstitious

(2006 Morioka Kanko Convention Association  main theme:KABUKI OHAKO NO UCHI  SUKEROKU)





 Example of float that praises predecessors

(1926 Shin UmaMachi street and MizuharaCho street young person united

Main Theme:  one of world great person Takashi Hara)

 *No do in existence of the Dashi.  

Do the in existence only of the Bandsuke(Dashi Picture) and the head.

(It took a picture of the one that had been exhibited by Shimizu-cho Nan-syo-so. )



Example of float that decorates offering

(1946 Saien dori street Young person association  

Main theme: straw rice bag)

*No do in existence of the Dashi. Do the in existence only of the picture.

(It took a picture of the one that had been exhibited by Shimizu-cho Nan-syo-so. )


 Example of float that decorates offering  

(1950 Fish market

Main theme: Large sea bream )

*No do in existence of the Dashi. Do the in existence only of the picture.

(It took a picture of the one that had been exhibited by Shimizu-cho Nan-syo-so. )



Moreover, the stridulation of the wheel is called crane's cry.

Because the pattern of this wheel is a tortoise shell,

so it becomes the crane and a turtle, that is so superstitious for japanese.


Reference     Dashi in state to remove lowering wave and large cherry blossoms

(2003 Niban-gumi  Main Theme: Kawanakajima )


Pictures of Dashi

Morioka Dashi Movies

About Morioka Hachimangu Shrine(japanese page)

About Morioka Dashi Museum (Japanese page)

About Dashi Pictures "Bandsuke"(Japanese page)

About Dashi Ondo(Japanese page)

About Morioka Dashi Procession(Japanese page)

History of Morioka Dashi (Japanese page)

Appearance team list(Japanese page)




 *This page is made by translate of google

So please acknowledge it even if the mistake is found.

An English page will be updated in succession in the future!!