枚岡神社秋祭Hiraoka Shrine is a large, mountain-side shrine in Higashi Osaka which has a large fall festival in mid October.
The two-day festival features a large number of food/festival stalls lining the nearby streets and the shrine property.
The main feature of the festival is the showing of the futon daiko, which are ornate parade floats with a middle compartment filled with drum/bell playing children, a top compartment with a crows nest and a frame which is carried by dozens of volunteers.
The shrine has a long walkway from the outer to inner gates, a large courtyard, many statues, a waterfall (with a waterfall bathing / takigyo area), a plum tree orchard (recently devastated by a tree virus). There is also an extensive hiking trail nearby which leads into the mountains; connecting Hiraoka to Mt. Nukata or Mt. Ikoma.
Hiraoka Shrine also has an interesting Laughing Festival (Warai Matsuri) around Christmas Day (the morning of the winter solstice).
|Crowds gather along the path up to Hiraoka Shrine.|
|A nice mix of light and shadow in this picture with a colorful futon daiko.|
|Elaborate wood carvings on a danjiri.|
|The parade carrying the futon daiko is held up as a train passes.|
People passing on the Kintetsu line get a good look at the festival.
|The futon daiko line up in front of the shrine steps at the end of the festival.|
|People gather in the courtyard as the futon daiko are carried in.|
|Teams carry the futon daiko and lift it in unison when signaled.|
|Hiraoka Shrine. You can see a mikoshi resting inside.|
Outside you can see the lanterns, imperial kikumon seal and a large enma with a monkey, which was the animal of the year for 2016.
|Futon daiko with battery powered lamps being paraded at night.|
|Large crowds gathered for the festival.|
The narrow local streets do not accomodate the many people and food stalls very well.
|Wooden scaffolds are used to protect the stone lanterns from parade collisions.|
|A wooden carving of a tengu used to decorate a futon daiko.|
|Futon daiko parked after the parade so shrine visitors can admire them with their lights on.|
|A line up lit futon daiko under the moon light.|
|Futon daiko entering the shrine during the day.|
|Professional cameramen and many smartphones record as another futon daiko enters the shrine.|
Note the purple banners which represent on the groups that cares for the futon daiko.
|This futon daiko has golden dragon and tiger emblems on the sides.|
|A children's group carries a smaller futon daiko.|
Note the surcoats that denote the various teams.
This is the Toyo team.
|A full-size futon daiko carries a drum and several people in the lower compartment and has space for more people in the padded upper compartment.|
|The shrine is just across the street from Hiraoka station.|
|A team of kids carry a smaller futon daiko.|
|A human chain makes a path for the futon daiko to pass through the crowds.|
|The tassels on the futon daiko sway as the futon daiko moves.|