KANGENSAI FES­TI­VAL

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The Kangensai is a float­ing fes­ti­val that repli­cates a dy­nas­tic spec­ta­cle of the Monar­chial Age in the lu­nar cal­en­dar. It orig­i­nated in the Heian pe­riod, when the gover­nor of the lat­ter years con­structed the It­sukushima Shrine, a sa­cred place lo­cated at Miyajima Is­land, south of Hiroshima Per­fec­ture. Kan­gen, the mu­sic of the an­cient Ja­panese Im­pe­rial Court, is played on nine in­stru­ments dur­ing the cer­e­monies ded­i­cated to the gods. To­gether with the mikoshi (por­ta­ble shrine), the per­form­ers are towed on a beau­ti­fully dec­o­rated boat called goza-bune and taken be­tween the It­sukushima Shrine and other shrines on Miyajima and the main­land.

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