Ohara Hadaka Matsuri
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Every year, area residents come together for a fall festival on 9/23 and 9/24 that prays for a bumper crop and a large catch of fish. Sacred palanquins from eighteen shrines in the Ohara, Tokai, and Namiha area of Chiba Prefecture are hoisted by local men into the sea -- this remarkable event is called the "Shio-fumi." The finale of the festival is held at the Ohagara Elementary School playground, with the "Farewell Rite," where the palanquins are held high aloft and the deities are bid off until the next year, held here. The event has been held in Ohara for over 300 years and in Tokai for over 200.
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anotherjohnl
Isumi, Japan6 contributions
Sep 2018 • Solo
Ohara Hadaka Matsuri

Isumi

The highlight is when the Mikoshi are taken into the sea.

Most people head straight to the beach and wait for the mikoshi (portable shrines) to arrive and they leave when the mikoshi leave. They miss most of the festival. The festival starts with the mikoshi being carried to the fishing port. The mikoshi represent a shrine and a nearby area. The colours of the waistband and headband of the carriers are different for each area. Each group of mikoshi carriers run around the main building, which usually holds the Sunday morning market. They are full of energy and compete to look the most active. You can follow them down to the sea.

After the opening ceremony at the port you can follow the mikoshi down to the sea. I suggest you wear short pants and flip-flops so that you can walk into the sea. Be careful in the sea. When you are taking photos of one mikoshi, another can come up behind you,

In the early evening go to the junior school playground before sunset. The mikoshi gather there When the sun sets and the lanterns are lit, it is quite picturesque.

Follow the mikoshi to the shopping street. They will run up and down the street and throw the heavy mikoshi into the air and catch them. This continues until about 10 pm, so stay the night or make sure you do not miss the last train towards Tokyo, which is around 10.

I go when I can.
Written October 2, 2018
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kaorucoby
Isumi, Japan3 contributions
Sep 2016 • Friends
The highlight of the event is when local residents carry mikoshi (portable shrines) and wade into the sea in an energetic frenzy. This is called Shiofumi in Japanese which is quite frenetic and wild. the Owakareshiki (farewell to the gods event) followed by Shiofumi is when the participants carry the mikoshi through the streets and run in a circle in the evening. This is also one of the must-see moments during the festival.
Written August 15, 2017
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