Junji Mishima (三嶋和ろうそく店 ７代目)
Flower Shop Itabashi
It’s a bit of a problem that men are preoccupied with preparations for the festival, spending too much time socializing. But we support them as we acknowledge that they have a firm belief in what they are doing.
Makoto Amaki (Chief Priest, Ketawakamiya Shrine)
The spirit of ujiko (shrine parishioners) is not something that can be described by one word.
Masanori and Masami Nishino (Nishino Seizaisho)
It was a big challenge in which the Suzaku group’s capability to fulfill its responsibilities was tested.
I felt a lot of pressure.
Kazuo Tanaka (Farmer)
Sometimes you slip on the snow and almost fall off the turret
Yukio Koma (Glass Museum Koma)
The Furukawa Festival is famed for the Okoshi-Daiko, which is No.1 in Japan. Two young men straddling the giant drum, one facing forward and the other backward at the front and rear ends of the drum just like Ryomen Sukuna, a two-faced mythical specter, solemnly beat the drum. Today, you can’t see anything like this anywhere but here.
Yohei Suganuma and Kazuki Numata (Members of the Seiryu-tai group’s youth team)
The time is changing.
Some women may want to take part in the Okoshi-Daiko (rousing drum) event.
This is a small town.
Even so, if it were not for the Furukawa Festival, we wouldn’t have become such close friends.
Chiyoko Kamigahira (Okami, Ozekiya Ryokan)
Not even once in the past 70 years, have I gone to hang around on the days of the festival.
Osami Mozumi (Calligrapher Seison Mozumi)
The new era name “Reiwa” readily penetrated into the hearts and minds of Japanese people.
The force of the brush just gave a bit of push to it.
Junya Tsuzuku (Mayor of Hida City)
On the days of the festival, I am reminded of the hierarchy of the town with the mikoshi (portable shrine) at the top.