Jan/18 - 19, 2020 Somin Festival at Idekumano Shrine3.4
from 1/18 '20 to 1/19 '20
Somin Festival of Idekumano Shrine in Iwate Prefecture has over 400 years history and is believed to follow the Somin festival of Kokusekiji Temple.
Somin Festival is also called Naked Festival, and held for a bumper harvest and protection from evil.
From around 6:30 p.m., half-naked men holding a lantern and a wood stick parade down to the worship hall accompanied by priests, prayers, sacred musicians, and more. Half naked-men wearing a red headband crawl along the ground while purging evil spirits by a wood stick.
Then after 9 p.m., one of the highlights "Hitaki-nobori"(Climinbing the Burning Logs event) is held. The logs piled up about 3 meter high are fired by the candle of the shrine. Then half-naked men climb up the logs after and after to expose the shower of sparks and purify themselves.
The finale of the festival is the battle of grabbing the Somin bag, where the men scramble and fight for the bag. It is said that the winner is blessed with a good harvest and great luck all year long.
Dates : January 18 - 19, 2020
Hours : 6 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Venue : Idekumano Shrine
Address : Esashi Idekadoya, Oshu City, Iwate Prefecture
Access : about 30 mins by car from Mizusawa-Esashi Station
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