Last month we went to SAWARA .
SAWARA , A town of canals by the Tone River , is a vibrant community known for it's autumn and winter festivals .
The dynamism of these festivals can be experienced at " DASHI KAIKAN " , two of twenty - four floats shown up close . "
DASHI is a generally a float pulled on the streets at festival time , decorated with a figure of a mountain , fish , doll , bird , animal , or plant . The word DASHI was derived from the word describing the targeted location where GOD descends down.
The wooden floats are mostly made of ZELCOVA TREE . They are surrounded on all four sides by ornamental handrails and are decorated with twisted fresh straw ropes as well as gorgeous canopies . This is because the DASHI is considered a symbolization of the throne .
BIG DOLLS of 4 meter high or other kinds of symbols are set on the top of the FLOATS .
Luxurious dolls were made by experienced craftsmen of Edo .