Jul/27 - 29, 2019 Soma Nomaoi4.4
from 7/27 '19 to 7/29 '19
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 27 (Sat) Shutsujin (Departure Ceremony): 8:30 - 12:00
Arrive Hibarigahara Field: 13:00 - 14:00
Horse Race: 14:00 -
July 28 (Sun) Armed Samurai Procession: 9:30 - 11:00
Armed Horse Race: 12:00 -
Sacred Flag Competition: 13:00 -
Fireworks: 19:20 -
July 29 (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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