ひろしま戦前の風景 36.えびす講のにぎわい
[36]Ebisu-ko Festival Crowd

撮影:吉岡信一氏 提供:広島市公文書館(D9233) 昭和12年(1937年)ころ 広島市中区本通、中島町

Filmed circa 1937 (Showa 12) by Shinichi Yoshioka
Original film courtesy of Hiroshima Municipal Archives
Nakajima-cho and Hon-dori, Naka Ward, Hiroshima City
One of Hiroshima City’s three major festivals, Ebisu Taisai (popularly referred to as Ebisu-ko) is a festival held to pray for commercial success and prosperity. It has taken place every year in November for 400 years. Local shops offer goods at discounted prices during the event, as can be seen in the footage, which shows “sale now on” signs on display. Unlike today, sales were not held any time of the year, which made the Ebisu-ko a not-to-be-missed opportunity for shoppers. The fabric shop in the footage was located on Hon-dori Shopping Street. The Mitsui Bank Hiroshima Branch building across the road survived the atomic bombing, and now houses the bakery Hiroshima Andersen. The footage also records the bustling Nakajima-cho stretch of Hon-dori, which was razed to the ground and is today part of Peace Memorial Park.

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