The Daruma Doll Festival is held at the Shorinzan Temple
where the Daruma Dolls were first invented. Over
400,000 people from all over the Kanto Plain come to
buy new good-luck dolls for the year. Takasaki
produces 80% of Japan's Daruma Dolls. One can
identify a Takasaki Daruma Doll by the unique way in
which the eyebrow and mustache is drawn.There is a also
a 24-hour reading of sutras praying for world peace
by the monks at Shorinzan.
Saturday and Sunday of August
One will start to hear the beat of drums every night
starting in early July. The people of Takasaki are practicing
for the summer festival when floats and mikoshi shrines
are paraded through the streets. Food vendors, fireworks,
taiko drums, and shouts of encouragement fill the summer
air not only in Takasaki but throughout Japan.
The quite, autumn nights have an erie glow to them as
we look up towards Mt. Kannon. Bonfires and torchlight
are the only illumination used during the Takasaki Takigi
Noh Theater.No neon lights of pachinko parlors here
to break up the traditional atmosphere.