Traditional Festivals in Aomori : Emburi - 6
(Hachinohe, Aomori, Japan)

The name of Emburi comes from the agricultural tool Eburi used in scraping to level the water-drawn field flatly. Among Torimonos, the Narigo, which the Toukuro as the leading role of the Naga Emburi holds, is said to be the symbol of Eburi.

On the upper part of a bar about 1 meter, a Narigoita like a votive picture tablet is attached. On that, a bamboo tube, iron piece and steel ring are added and ring the sound as Syang Syang. The bottom of the bar is wrapped with a white paper and put a small branch of pine. Depending on a bar, it is finished with black lacquer.

The Torimono" of other Tayuu in the Naga Emburi is a Kandai originating from a hoe and its tip is turned into a round form like a walking stick instead of a hardware blade of a hoe. Obviously, it is simpler than the Toukurou's Narigo.

Meanwhile, the Jumgi of Torimono in the Dousai Emburi is a simplified form of the Narigo, with iron bars and iron wheels on the tip of the bar. It must be the result that they thought it would be extraordinary if all the members of the same rank held a Narigo meanwhile it would look downgraded against the Naga Emburi if they held a Kandai.

Finally, take up a costume of performers in entertainment of blessing. I didn't have a doubt that their costumes had been succeeded for generations. According to the mothers who watched over their children's turns, it was a handmaid costume that the mothers produced every year.

Even so, since the variety of traditional patterned clothes was not so common even in a big fabric shop in Tokyo, I asked about where they got the clothes. They answered it was be easy to get in local fabric shops. Hachinohe may be a distribution base of traditional Japanese textiles. Otherwise, as the season of Emburi is approaching, a lot of salesmen may visit here.

Whenever I visit the Emburi, I always rediscover the fashionable traditional patterns that could be diverted into up-to-date down jackets if those are arrange a little.

To Japanese Version

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From Tokyo to Hachinohe
by train
: 3 hours from “Tokyo Station” to “Hachinohe Station” by Shinkansen (high speed train), one service per one hour.

From “Hachinohe Station” to “downtown Hachinohe”
20 minutes by bus from “Hahinohe Station” to “Jusan-nichi-machi”, frequent service in the daytime. The site is within downtown Hachinohe near "Jusan-nichi-machi".

Hachinohe Tourist Information Website

Aomori Sightseeng Guide

Acoommodations in Hachinohe

"青森県の歴史散歩" (青森県高等学校地方史研究会編, 山川出版社, 2007)
"図説青森県の歴史" (成田稔・長谷川成一, 河出書房新社, 1991)
"郷土資料事典 青森県" (人文社, 1998)
"季刊あおもり草子第25号" (企画集団プリズム, 1985)
"えんぶり読本" (正部家種康, 伊吉書院, 1992)
"江戸時代ひとづくり風土記2青森" (農山村漁村文化協会, 1992)
"八戸市博物館 えんぶり展" (八戸市博物館, 2012)
"八戸三社大祭の歴史"(三浦忠司, 伊吉書院, 2007)
"八戸三社大祭公式ガイドブック"(八戸観光コンベンション協会, 2011)
Emburi (Hachinohe City Office)
Hachinohe Tourist Information Website

2018.01 Photos in English version, and photos and text in Japanese version



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Instruments in Emburi

Costumes in Emburi

Photo by Daigo Ishii