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Festivals Calendar

Name Photo Date and Location Note
Uzuka-mikoto Shrine Ago-ishi Shinji Photo New Year's Day
Uzuka-mikoto Shrine

This festival takes place to pray for good harvest and fishing. Large oblong stones that are likened to flying fish are placed in front of the main shrine building. Then, the fish stones offered in previous years are thrown into the sea one by one while shouting “large catch, large catch, large catch”. This is a ceremony unlike any other in Japan.
Intangible Folk Cultural Property of Ama Town

Ebisu-matsuri PhotoEbisu FestivalPhotoSaki-no-tanjiri-mai Around 10 January
Hishiura Area (Shinko-sai Festival on Leap Years)
Saki Area(Saki-no-tanjiri-mai in Autumn of Leap Years)

Small Ebisu Shrines, dedicated to Ebisu, the god of fishermen and luck, are found by the port in all regions. During the Shinko-sai Festival which is celebrated on leap years in the Hishiura Area, these small shrines, or hokora, are carried around in a procession to other regions. A lion dance, a white demon playing taiko, men with ornate hair who clap their hands in time to the beat, as well as other masked and costumed characters, including a cat and squid, are also part of the procession. Afterwards, the portable shrines are placed on a boat and circle the bay three times before being returned to their original locations. In the Saki Area the Saki-no-tanjiri-mai Dance takes place.
Intangible Folk Cultural Property of Ama Town (Saki-no-tanjiri-mai Dance)

Kōjin-san Photo 27-28 January

A giant straw snake and food is prepared the day before the festival. On the festival day, the snake is wrapped around a holy tree and ceremonies to pray for a good harvest take place.

Oki Shrine, Spring and Autumn Festival Photo 14 April, 14 October
Oki Shrine

This festival takes place twice a year, in spring and autumn, to praise the virtues of Emperor Gotoba, who was exiled to the Oki Islands in 122. A dance choreographed to a poem written by the Emperor is performed. During the spring festival a tea ceremony and tug of war competition take place, and a sumo tournament for children takes place during the autumn festival. Every five years in autumn a thanksgiving festival is held.
Intangible Folk Cultural Property of Ama Town

Totte Oki 2-day Walk Photo Late May
All Dōzen Islands

Walk around all three Dōzen Islands! The annual 2-day walk takes place on Nakanoshma Isand, Chiburijima Island, and Nishinoshima Island.

Kakirei Taisai Summer Festival PhotoUzuka-mikoto Shrine 5 July Nagirahime shrine (Toyoda)
7 July Hinomisaki shrine (Hisuka)
9 July Miho shirine (Saki)
10 July Tai shrine (Tai)
11 July Uzuka-mikoto Shrine (Uzuka)
12 July Nasu shrine (Minami)
13 July Fuse shrine (Minami)
14 July Kitanosou shrine (Kitabu)
15 July Mikura shrine (Hishiura)
16 July Tatesusanoo shrine (Nishi)
17 July Miyata shrine (Fukui)
20 July Hohomi shrine (Hobomi)
21 July Higashi shrine (Higashi)
22 July Suwa shrine (Nakasato)
25 July Kitano shrine (Chichii)

A large summer festival celebrated in shrines around the island. For each festival there is a celebration the evening before the main festival in which the god of the shrine is brought out in a portable shrine. On both days Kagura Shinto Dances and music are performed. People in each region begin practicing for their festival a month in advance. Some shrines may not have a large celebration every year.

Kinnya-Monya Festival Photo Fourth Saturday of August

Around 1,000 people dance along to the island folk song, Kinyamonya-bushi. The dance is performed with two wooden spoons called shamoji.

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