Shakkyo zan     

It is based on the Noh play “shakkyou.” When Jakusho monk crossed a dangerous stone bridge which is regarded as the Pure Land, he saw some lions dancing around peony flowers. That is famous for the formation of a peony and lion. The karakuri describes a lion appears from the rock of Mt. Tenro, dances around the peony flowers, and then hides in the rock again.

Komeikisui zan     

It is based on the legend that Zhuge Liang from the state chancellor of Shu Han has beaten fought Cao Cao from the state chancellor of Cao Wei by praying a water god to wash away the enemy army. The karakuri describes when Zhuge Liang opens his folding fan to beckon the and calls water, water rises and then it flows down.

Yutate yama     

Yutate-shinji, a kind of shrine Shinto ritual held in Tenson-jinzya Shrine is devoted by this float. It is in the shape of the shrine and surrounded by its cloisters. A negi (Shinto priesthood) exorcizes evil spirits, a female shaman (ichidono) an ichidono enshrines sprinkles hot boiling water with bamboo grass, and a medium plays kagura songs. The hot boiling water is regarded as a lucky charm for abundant harvest, good health, and thriving business prosperity.

Genji yama     

It is originated from the tradition of "The Tale of Genji" which was written by Murasaki Shikibu in Ishiyama-dera temple. Her juni-hiote kimono (twelve-layer robe) and the whole construction of the float remind us the Heian period Era. The karakuri describes some characters, such as horses, ox-drawn coaches carriage, umbrella carriers bearer and wooden clogs carriers. It is said the karakuri is that this float is a model for a revolving stage. It is the second oldest in existence today. It is also called “Mureasaki Shikibu yama.”

Sesshoseki zan     

It was originated from the Noh play “Sessho-seki” (the killing stone.) There was a lady Tamamo Tamamo-no-mae who was loved by Toba. Abe no Yasunori astrologer detected her true identity as the incarnation of a nine-tailed fox. Also, she was trying to kill Mikado. Lady Tamamo Tamamo-no-mae escaped to Eastern Japan and turned into the killing stone. She disturbed troubled travelers, but finally she -her spirit was pacified with Buddhist rituals was attained Buddhahood by Priest Genno.

Ryumontaki yama

As the proverb says no fish can go swim up the waterfall on Mt. Ryumon-san near the upper Huang River. However, if a fish rises climbs up the waterfall, it will be raised to the skies immediately and become transforms into a dragon and fly away to the skies. The Japanese saying “toryu-mon” is also originated from this story. The karakuri describes a carp is going up the waterfall. It is oldest karakuri in Japan and also called as koi yama (carp float). The curtain which shows “the fall of Troy” is made from Gobelin and it is designated as a Japanese important cultural property.

Nishinomiya-ebisu yama

Ebisu (Hiruko) in Nishinomiya was being deified from the old days, and then it was put on the hikiyama float later. Some people pray to him who caught red snapper sea bream for business prosperity. The karakuri describes Ebisu catching red snapper sea bream.

Kakkyo yama     

It is popularly expressed as “kamahori yama.” Kakkyo was very devoted to his parents, but he had difficulty in supporting his elderly mother due to the poor poverty. His child was born, but his mother had to serve her own food to her grandchild. Kakkyo talked with his wife, and he tried to bury his child to save the old mother. According to the legend, he found a gold iron pot under the ground. The karakuri describes when Kakkyo diggings a hole with a hoe and digs up the finding gold iron pot of gold.

Gekkyuden zan     

It was originated from Gekkyuden (Noh play). The emperor in Tang stood at Furomon Gate, held organized a party to celebrate the spring at a beautiful garden, and wished for prosperity in the world. The karakuri describes men and women’s dancers who had crowns of crane and turtle. The curtain on the back of the float is made from Gobelin. It depicts the shows the fall of Troy Castle and it is a Japanese important cultural property. It was remade restored in 1999.