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Kingyo Daiwa


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Culture, tradition

There are various theories as to whether the Kingyo Daiwa was created in the Edo period or the Meiji, but what we do know is that the Kingyo Daiwa, a traditional toy made of a goldfish lamp attached to a small cart, exists only in Shibata, Niigata. It’s believed that during the Obon period children would light a candle in the lamp and then pull the cart around to play. Kingyo Daiwa started getting much bigger in the Taisho period, and they are now well known for being paraded around by children during festivals in more than 50 towns. There are a number of monuments based on the Kingyo Daiwa around Shibata and it has become a symbol of the city. Miniature Kingyo Daiwa are also popular as souvenirs.

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