Suga-jinja Shrine Decorative Float
|Address||Yoshihama, Yugawara-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa, 1047th area|
The float, as it is called kazariyatai (an ornamented stall), was not pulled through the town, but assembled when a festival was held and installed at a certain place for the performance of ohayashi (Japanese traditional festival music) in it. There are 5 floats of this kind, 1 each at Goro-jinja Shrine (Kajiya area), Yahata-jinja Shrine (Kadokawa area), Ubusunahachiman-jinja Shrine (Shirohori area) and Neno-jinja Shrine (Fukuura area), and 2 at Suga-jinja Shrine (Yoshihama area).
Carving works were made by Goto Sanjiro Tachibana Tsunetoshi in Edo (Tokyo) and Takeshi Ihachiro Nobuyoshi in Awa (Chiba) and other artists. Along with Kashima-odori which is designated as an intangible folk cultural property by Kanagawa prefecture and selected for an intangible folk cultural property by the Japanese government, the ornamented float at Suga shrine tells us the richness and religious beliefs and customs of common people in Yugawara in the Edo period.