Fox Wedding Parade in Tsugawa

Fox Wedding Parade Flow

Anything and everything is a picture scroll in a dream.
Long ago, foxes lived on Mt. Kirinzan; people heard their voices and saw their fire almost every night. Tsugawa’s fox fire is the biggest in the world and there are many stories about the fox fire on Mt. Kirinzan.
In the old days weddings went late into the evening. People paraded, carrying a lantern in the dark. The fox wedding parade may have originated from this lantern light and the fox fire that looked a parallel light.
The Fox Wedding Parade is a fantasy world, but this tradition has been handed down from parents to children and children to grandchildren. The year when many fox fires, or a fox wedding parade, are seen is considered to bring good luck and a good harvest.

Bride’s departure ceremony

An innocent young bride in her white dress is the leading character this evening.
She bids farewell to her hometown, casting her eyes down.
Around 5:00 p.m.: Sumiyoshi Shrine

Fox wedding parade

The wedding parade proceeds solemnly to chants of ee-ya so-rai.
People parade along the night roads as they humorously reproduce fox motions.

Little foxes dance in celebration

Cute little foxes, jumping with energy, dance in celebration.
Around 6:30 p.m.: Kindergarteners dance (In front of Kaetsu Sake Brewery)

Wedding ceremony and banquet

Traditional wedding ceremony wrapped in many blessings.
The couple tie an eternal deep knot.
Around 7:45 p.m.: Arrival at Kirinzan Park
Around 8:00 p.m.: Wedding ceremony and banquet

Finale

The blazing fox fire sees off the couple as they board a ferry and head for Mt. Kirinzan.
What an extremely fantastic climax!
Around 8:45 p.m.: Finale

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