Kagawa: Quirky makeup festival rekindled

The Yomiuri ShimbunNative residents parade with comical makeup on their faces in Takamatsu, Kagawa Prefecture, on Sept. 11.
The Yomiuri Shimbun
10:39 JST, October 3, 2022
TAKAMATSU — A novel festival, during which folks stroll by means of the streets sporting comical makeup, has made a whole comeback in Kagawa Prefecture.
The Hyoge Festival was held on Sept. 11 in Takamatsu, which has been an autumn custom within the Kagawa district of Takamatsu. Hyoge means “to idiot round” within the native dialect.
Kagawa Prefecture, positioned within the northern a part of Shikoku, has usually been affected by drought since historic instances. The festival is claimed to have began greater than 300 years in the past to wish for a very good harvest in gratitude for water. It is believed to have originated as a ritual to honor Yanobe Heiroku, who constructed a big reservoir for residents affected by water shortages.
The Yomiuri ShimbunNative residents parade with comical makeup on their faces in Takamatsu, Kagawa Prefecture, on Sept. 11.
This was the primary time in three years that the festival was held in its full type. About 160 native residents with painted cheeks and adorned beards entertained onlookers whereas additionally carrying face shields to assist stop infections. They paraded for two kilometers earlier than getting into a reservoir whereas carrying the shrine.
“It was enjoyable to see so many individuals watching us,” mentioned a 59-year-old native man who participated within the parade.

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