Jan/31 - Feb/1, 2020 Kokuseki-ji Temple Somin Festival4.3
from 1/31 '20 to 2/1 '20
Somin-sai Festival of Kokuseki-ji Temple, Iwate Prefecture, is a naked festival with more than 1000 years of history, and also known as one of the Three Strangest Festivals of Japan.
It is an ancient festival that prays for good health and a good harvest. Half-naked men who are divided into 2 groups cleanse themselves with cold water, light bonfires, and bravely compete to grab the sacred bags called “Somin bag”, inside Kokuseki-ji Temple. The Somin Bag is believed to bring good luck. The madness gets started at almost midnight and continues well past dawn.
Under the bitterly cold and snowy situation, the energies of half-naked men clash between each other!
Dates : January 31 - February 1, 2020
Hours : 10 p.m. - early morning
Venue : Kokuseki-ji Temple
Address : 17 Yamauchi, Kuroishi-cho, Mizusawa-ku, Oshu City, Iwate Prefecture
- about 20 mins by taxi from JR Mizusawa Station
- about 25 mins by taxi from JR Mizusawa-Esashi Station
- about 25 mins by car from Mizusawa IC of Tohoku Expressway
Admission : Free
PurposeFestivals,thrilling,spiritual places,Traditional folk,experience,health,brag,winter in Japan,men,shrine/temple,major
Airport/Sta.Mizusawa-Esashi Sta. (about 7km) Google Transit
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4.011 months ago
The Kokusekiji temple is home to the annual sominsai. A winter water purification ceremony. Hundreds of men walk around in nothing but loincloth and douse themselves in cold water to purifying themselves. The festivities last all night. It ends with the winner taking home a somin bukuro or lucky bag. The festival is held every year around February 10th
5.02 years ago
Beautifully carved wooden temple. So quiet. Lovely place to go and relax
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