Lifestyles and Traditions - Festivals
Held on May 3, even-numbered years, Mizuwakasu-mikoto Shrine (Goka area, Okinoshima Town)
The festival is designated as an Intangible Folk Cultural Property by the prefecture. The ritual, yama-hiki shinji, where young children, around the age of 7 from Goka area, would pull a float that resembles Mount Hōrai (a legendary dwelling of immortals) with cranes and turtles (symbols of longevity) decorated on it, is held to pray for sound health. In addition, kagura dance bearing traits from ancient dances, Shishimai lion dance and Yabusame horseback archery are also performed.