Jan/9, 2021 Katsube Fire Festival4.1
from 1/9 '21 to 1/9 '21
It's not opened for vistors this year.
"Katsube Fire Festival" is a traditional fire festival of Shiga Prefecture with 800 years history, and designated as an Intangible Folk Cultural Property of Shiga Prefecture.
The festival originates from about the year 1200 when Emperor Tsuchimikado fell ill and fortune tellers traced the cause of the disease to a giant serpent, like the legendary monster "Orochi" (some accounts describe the monster as a centipede). The hero, Fujiwara no Hidesato, pursued the creature and slew it with a bow and arrow on Mount Mikami, after which the emperor made a speedy recovery for which a celebration was held. The festival now represents a prayer for good health.
The main feature of the festival is 12 giant torches with 5-6 meters long, weighing 400 kg.
In the afternoon on the day of the festival, holy sake, sardines, and tofu are offered to each of the torches. Then after three bass drums parade through the streets, twelve giant torches made to look like the body of a giant serpent are assembled in the shrine at 8PM. Young people wearing fundoshi loin cloths recieve flame from the god of fire in front of the shrine and set the 12 torches ablaze all at once. The view of the fire setting the night sky ablaze as if it would reach up into the very heavens themselves is astounding. The gathering then becomes an intense festival where fundoshi clad young people play bells and hand drums and dance wildly, praying for no illnesses and good health with loud shouts of "goyo" and "hyoyo".
Date : January 9, 2021
Hours : From around 20:30
Venue : Katsube Shrine (1-8-8 Katsube, Moriyama City, Shiga)
Access : a 5-min walk from Moriyama Station on JR Biwako Line
Addmission : Free
PurposeFestivals,thrilling,parade,Traditional folk,night view,men,shrine/temple
Airport/Sta.Moriyama Sta. (about 500m) Google Transit
We guide this spot.
4.0a month ago
I am allowed to relax with my children in a space where you can feel the four seasons protected by a large tree.
The sound of gravel is fun and I am happy to run.
3.0a month ago
The fire festival is famous, but I also like the atmosphere of New Year's Day.
4.03 weeks ago
I have never been to the fire festival, but I have received a red stamp.
4.011 months ago
I visit here every year at the beginning of the year.
Park your car at the roadside and come back.
This year there were also stalls, so it was lively.
It is a shrine that is loved by the locals and is not too big nor too small.
3.0a year ago
A small shrine that is close to the community. It looks like a forest full of trees. As the main shrine is an important cultural property of the country, it creates a true sense of air.
I worshiped firmly.