Jul/25 - 27, 2020 Soma Nomaoi Festival4.4
from 7/25 '20 to 7/26 '20
※Due to the coronavirus concerns, most of the events have been canceled in 2020. Only the ritual will be held by priests. Please check the official website.
Soma Nomaoi is the three-day festival held in Minami Soma City, Fukushima Prefecture.
It features around 500 men and women on horseback dressed in medieval warriors.
On the first day, participants in samurai attire ride out on horseback from three Shintō shrines to the accompaniment of trumpeting conch horns. The commander-in-chief is welcomed at the Kitagō headquarters with a solemn reception ritual called sōdaishō omukae, after which he and the other riders proceed to Hibarigahara Field, the main venue.
The shinki sōdatsusen (sacred flag competition), held on the second day, is the festival’s climax. In a spectacle reminiscent of the fierce battles of the Warring States period (1467–1568), as many as 500 warriors on horseback swarm together in an intense struggle to take possession of two sacred flags.
Another action-packed must-see is the kacchū keiba (armed horse race), which precedes the sacred flag competition. Riders clad in armor become one with their horses as they race around the track, colorful banners streaming from their backs. Rapturous cheers and thundering hooves add fuel to the excitement.
The final day of the festival consists of a sacred ritual called nomakake (wild horse capture)—purportedly the only event in the festival that has not changed since ancient times. After mounted riders drive unsaddled horses into a fenced area, men in all-white outfits, including white hachimaki (headbands), chase and capture a horse of their choice, which they then present to the shrine deity.
July 25 (Sat) Shutsujin (Departure Ceremony): 8:30 - 12:00
Arrive Hibarigahara Field: 13:00 - 14:00
Horse Race: 14:00 -
July 26 (Sun) Armed Samurai Procession: 9:30 - 11:00
Armed Horse Race: 12:00 -
Sacred Flag Competition: 13:00 -
Fireworks: 19:20 -
July 27 (Mon) Nomakake (Wild Horse Capture) : 9:00 -
Venue: Hibarigahara Field (4-13-27, Hashimoto-cho ,Haramachi-ku, Minami-Soma city, Fukushima)
Access: 15 mins by free shuttle bus from Haranomachi Station
Admission: 1,000 yen /adult, Free/under the junior high student
*Please check the official website for the latest information.
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5.04 months ago
It's a masterpiece, so you should definitely see it when you come to Fukushima
5.03 years ago
Nomaoi is a wonderful word
The Soma warriors were too brave and deeply moved
I ’m really proud of Japan
As a Japanese, I strongly felt that we had to keep this tradition
Participation of Odaka district came true for the first time in seven years since the earthquake in 2017, and it was finally a full-scale event
The thought here was a bit too
However, I was tired of the lack of delicacy in recruiting Christian organizations
How come you have to come to another nation and go to the annual rituals, "the false god?"
4.02 years ago
It was very powerful, just thought of marching, running and coming back and coming back, it was fun to stepping on various steps to the horse! A
4.02 years ago
I feel like a big field ground. It is Maine Ma. It is good to be able to use the dock run space there. Of course it is useless to violate manners
5.0a year ago
I am practicing the spring censorship ceremony of the fire brigade. Although it is freezing cold, I am doing my best! !