Last weekend a bunch of coworkers and I went to the Toyohashi Oni Matsuri. My coworker D organized our outing, since he used to live in Toyohashi.
First we met up at Nagoya station and then tool the train to Toyohashi station. From there, we rode a street tram to the venue. It was very crowded, but it didn’t take very long to get to our stop: Toyohashi Park.
After that, we had about an hour to kill before the main event, so we browsed the stalls and filled our stomachs.
A major part of the festival is the red oni pelts people with candy and flour for good luck. We could see signs of his handywork for blocks around the venue. My coworkers Em, Sol, and R got a heavy dose of luck this year.
The event centers around a red oni character battling against a green tengu character. The two have what is essentially a dance battle, before the oni is flees the shrine, while covering everyone he sees in flour for the before mentioned good luck.
There is also a black oni who pats peoples heads for luck. Many of my coworkers received a pat.
Finally, the flour started to fly. I stood in the back, hoping to avoid the worst of it, though he got me during his second passby.
Afterwards, our gang regrouped to grab a few snacks, before we moved on to our second location for the day.