[宵宮] is a general Japanese word that means a festival held on the eve
of main festival.
In Tennosai, Shinkosai main festival
is held on 2nd Sunday of July normally, so Yoimiya is held on the evening
of 2nd Saturday of July.
In front of Red Torii gate of Enoshima Jinja Shrine (at the end of Nakamise
Street slope), "Kodomo-mikoshi" (Mikoshi portable shrine carried
by local children) goes down and up in crowded Nakamise Street
" Bon dance (hundreds of local ladies wearing a kimono dance in the
street) begins in Koshigoe Shopping Street
A color and design of Kimono uniform is different by the district of the
Enoden train continue running during the festival, when a train approaches
the dancing ladies are give way and see off the train.
After Machi-nagashi Bon dance time, "Dashi" (wooden festival
float) that decorated with the illuminations, appearing on the street.
These Dashi march to Koyurugi Jinja shrine while often spinning round on
Because of Enoden train passes while on the festival, the scene that a Dashi often makes way is seen.
At Nakamise Street
in Enoshima Island, Enoshima Hayashi
(festival music band by residents) depart Higashimachi town and go up
Nakamise Street slope slowly.
A tone of sorrow sounds of ohayashi through the night town.
When the "Ohayashi" parade arrive at the end of Nakamise Street
slope, worship to Yasaka Jinja Shrine.
Then they goes back to Higashimachi town and some people dance and play
music until the late night.