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Miniature replica of a dashi float (Matsuri float) used in Japanese (Shizuoka) festivals. The cart is comprised of lacquered wood and textile. The cart is adorned with rice paper paintings of fish, a miniature tapestry, tassels, and fake flowers.

These floats are one of three large structures that can be found at festivals. A dashi float is made to resemble mountains and reflects folk religions where people believed spirits resided in the mountains. Dashi have wheels and are pulled by people. In some cases the floats have riders.


Miniature, Woodwork, Artwork

Original Medium

Wood, textile, lacquer


7 cm x 12 cm x 25.5 cm


Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

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Original Collection

Mike Mansfield Collections, Mss 65, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana

Holding Repository

University of Montana, Mansfield Library Archives and Special Collections

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Digital Publisher

University of Montana-- Missoula. Mansfield Library

Image Credit

Image credit: Micaela Connolly, University of Montana

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Miniature, Woodwork, Artwork

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