Naginatahoko Chigo-mai-hirou of Gion Matsuri (July 5st, 2024)

Naginatahoko Chigo-mai-hirou of Gion Matsuri

The information of Naginatahoko Chigo-mai-hirou is presented here. Naginatahoko Chigo-mai-hirou is held every year on July 5th. In Naginatahoko Chigo-mai-hirou, Chigo and two Kamuro first perform Chigo-mai (Taihei-no-mai) in front of Naginatahoko-cho officials, and if approval is granted, Chigo-mai (Taihei-no-mai) is performed to the public by using the window of the second floor of the kaisho (meeting hall) in Nagatohoko-cho as Naginata Hoko. Chigo-mai (Taihei-no-mai) is performed during Former Festival Yamahoko-Junko (Float Procession, Yamaboko Parade).

【Naginatahoko Chigo-mai-hirou 2024 Schedule (confirmation required)】

Naginatahoko Chigo-mai-hirou 2024 will be held on Friday, July 5th, 2024 at around 15:30.
●Gion Matsuri Festival 2024 will start on July 1st, 2024 and end on July 31st, 2024.
Gion Matsuri Festival Schedule (July 1st-31st)

【Naginata Hoko Location Map & Directions】

Address: Naginatahoko-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
Access (How to get there): Subway Shijo Station (about 5 minutes on foot), Hankyu Karasuma Station (about 3 minutes on foot)

【Naginatahoko Chigo-mai-hirou of Gion Matsuri brief overview】

Naginatahoko Chigo-mai-hirou (長刀鉾稚児舞披露) of Gion Matsuri Festival (祇園祭) is held every year on July 5th, in conjunction with Kippu-iri (吉符入) of Naginatahoko-cho (town). In Naginatahoko Chigo-mai-hirou, Chigo and two Kamuro first perform Chigo-mai (Taihei-no-mai) in front of Naginatahoko-cho officials, and if approval is granted, Chigo-mai (Taihei-no-mai) is performed to the public by using the window of the second floor of the kaisho (meeting hall) in Nagatohoko-cho as Naginata Hoko.

★Chigo-mai (Taihei-no-mai) is performed during shimenawa-kiri or the name of the town changes during Former Festival Yamahoko-Junko (Float Procession, Yamaboko Parade). Chigo-mai, also called “Taihei-no-mai”, is performed to purify the route of Former Festival Yamahoko-Junko and to pray for the eradication of epidemics. Chigo-mai (Taihei-no-mai) involves crossing the bachi (drumstick) held in both hands, turning the body in a large, graceful circle, and beating the drum attached close to the chest. Since chigo-mai (Taihei-no-mai) is performed by leaning heavily outside Naginata Hoko, the chigo’s legs are supported by the father and other family members, and the chigo-gakari (staff) supports him from behind. The Chigo wears a chotonbo-no-kanmuri (crown) decorated with peacock feathers, a mauve-purple furisode, and a light green kataginu-bakama.
★Chigo of Naginata Hoko is currently the only IkiChigo (live child) in Yamahoko floats. In the past, all Hoko floats (Naginata Hoko, Kanko Hoko, Kikusui Hoko, Niwatori Hoko, Tsuki Hoko and Hoka Hoko) except for Fune Hoko and Ofune Hoko in Gion Matsuri Festival used to had IkiChigo (live child) on board. However, when Kanko Hoko, which was damaged in the Great Fire of 1788, was rebuilt in 1839, it began to use Chigo doll instead of IkiChigo (live child), and other Hoko floats gradually replaced IkiChigo (live child) with Chigo dolls, and since 1929 when Hoka Hoko replaced Chigo doll, only Naginata Hoko has been used to carry IkiChigo (live child) in Gion Matsuri Festival. Sankomaru, a Chigo doll of Hoka Hoko, is made to be able to perform Chigo-mai (Taihei-no-mai). It is said that Sankomaru is the only Chigo doll that is made to perform Chigo-mai (Taihei-no-mai).
★The origin of Naginata Hoko is not clear. It is said that Naginata Hoko was founded in 1441 or before 1441. It is also said that Naginata Hoko was founded by using a great long sword donated to Yasaka Shrine in 1225. Naginata Hoko is said to be the oldest Yamahoko float of Gion Matsuri Festival in existence today. In the “Gionshaki”, which describes the names of Yamahoko floats and places in the middle of the Muromachi period (1336-1573) before the Onin War (1467-1477), it is written as “Naginata Hoku (between Shijo Totoin and Karasuma)”. The name “Naginata Hoko (Naginata Boko)” comes from the fact that there is a great long sword attached to the tip of Yamahoko float, which exorcises plague and evil.

【Naginatahoko Chigo-mai-hirou of Gion Matsuri remarks】
*Events may be rescheduled or cancelled. Also, the content of the event may have changed.
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