えんぶり烏帽子(えんぶりえぼし) ”Enburi” Festival Hats


The “Enburi” Festival, which began after the Meiji period (1867-1911), heralds in the spring and symbolizes a celebration to the gods for a bountiful harvest. This event is now firmly established as a kind of traditional folk entertainment in the Hachinohe area.
Dancers, called ‘tayu,’ grasp an ‘eburi’ (a farming tool used to level the earth for planting) in their hands, and act like they are working the fields. Cranes, turtles, pine trees, bamboo trees, plum trees, Ebisu and Daikoku (the gods of wealth), and other auspicious paintings are portrayed on the body of the Enburi hat worn by tayu dancers.
It has been said from olden times that when tayu dancers become absorbed in their performance, the gods would be harbored in the Enburi hats making the dancers transform into the gods themselves. Thus, the tayu dancers treat the Enburi hats with care and deference as symbols of the gods of farming.

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長い冬の終わりを告げ春を呼ぶ祭りの象徴「えんぶり烏帽子」 “Enburi” Festival Hats – a symbol of the festival that marks the end of the long winter and heralds in the spring.  (画像提供:青森県)