Lifestyles and Traditions - Festivals
Held every year on June 5, Tamawakasu-mikoto Shrine (Saigo area, Okinoshima Town)
Goree-furyū Festival is an Intangible Folk Cultural Property designated by Shimane Prefecture, where umaire shinji ritual -the entrance of the sacred horse- is held. The name, Goree, comes from a ritual to expel evil spirits, but nowadays it is a festival to pray for bountiful harvest, with fewer elements of exorcizing evil spirits. In addition, a rice planting ritual, local horse racing, Yabusame Japanese horseback archery and other rituals are also held. The festival is known as “Goree” in Okinoshima Town, showing the familiarity among the locals.