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Uozu’s tatemon event

November 27, 2014

Uozu’s tatemon event is one of the main events that are held during the Jantokoi Uozu Festival in Uozu City, Toyama Prefecture.

A tatemon is made of a large post approximately 16m tall with roughly 90 lanterns hanging from it in a triangular shape. A long picture is hung underneath. The total length of the tatemon is 10m and it weighs approximately 5 tons. This is then stood on a support to make the tatemon into the shape of a ship and is vigorously paraded around by roughly 80 people. The shape of the tatemon is thought to represent the pile of offerings before an altar. It is also said that it could be the shape of a fishing boat with its sails unfurled. It’s said that the name “tatemon” comes from the mispronunciation of “tatematsuru”, which means “to offer” or “to revere.”

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