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Festivals Calendar

Name Photo Date and Location Note
Totte Oki Three Day Walk Photo Late May
All Oki islands

Walk around all four Oki Islands! The annual Three Day Walk will take place in Nakanoshima Island and Chiburijima Island on 27 May, Nishinoshima Island on 28 May. There is also a pre-walk party in Nakanoshima Island on 26 May.

Takuhi Shrine Festival Photo 23 July
Takuhi Shrine (Mita Area)

After the Miko-mai (Shrine maiden dance), Dozen Kagura Shinto Dances take place throughout the night.

Yurahime Shrine Festival Photo End July Weekend (Odd Years) (29 & 30 July, 2017)
Yurahime Shrine (Urago Area)

On the morning of the festival, ceremonies and sumo wrestling are performed. In the evening, the mikoshi, or portable shrine, is brought out and carried to the bay where a holy boat is waiting. When the shrine is placed aboard the boat, it travels around the bay for around one hour. During this time Kagura Shinto Dances are performed upon the boat. Afterwards, the mikoshi is placed in a temporary shrine and brought back to Yurahime Shrine the following day.

Shaara-bune (Spirit Boats) Photo 16 August (early morning)
Mita Coast, Urago Coast

Shaara-bune are boats made in order to send off the ancestral spirits that visit during the Obon period. The boats are made with bamboo, branches, and straw. Hundreds of pieces of paper with Buddhist scriptures written on them decorate the sails of the boats.

Mita-hachiman Dengaku Photo 15 September (Odd Years)
Mita-hachimangu Shrine (Mita)

During the festival, Shuhaira, a type of Dengaku (Shinto dances accompanied by music) as well as Sumo dances and a Lion dance, are performed. Dengaku was commenced to appease the various spirits of the rice fields.
Intangible Folk Cultural Property of Japan.

Hiyoshi Shrine Niwa-no-mai Photo October (Even Years)
Hiyoshi Shrine (Urago Area)

During this festival, dances including Shuhaira and Kagura take place. In particular the Niwa-no-mai dance is said to date back 800 years.
Intangible Folk Cultural Property of Japan.

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