Nature provides us with so many benefits, but it also often deprives us with numerous necessities, too. People in this area who had been living together with nature, have been awe-inspiring by the power of nature, sensing divinity in every existence. Festivals are sacred ceremonies for showing our gratitude for our daily lives, and for praying for rich harvest and for the well-being of the families. Festivals in Kyotango area such as the lantern floating ceremony and the Minazuki festival have the unique folk culture of the area reflected heavily upon, and therefore provide new findings and emotions to those who attend them.
Fukatabe Shrine annual festival
[The second weekend of October]
An array called “Taiko-goshi” consisted of a portable shrine and dancers playing 3 types of musical instrument marches through the Yasaka district.
A festival rite held by Minazuki Shrine. A portable shrine is carried from the Asamo-gawa district to the seashore, and then men will carry the portable shrine into the sea water at Haccho-hama.
[The first Sunday in February]
Young men wearing loincloth first purify themselves in the Taiza port, and then runs through the Mihashira Shrine, Inari Shrine, and Hayao Shrine while making spirited shouts along the way.
Sennichi-e sightseeing festival
A festival held after the Sennichi-e of Nyoi-ji Temple. The name originated from the saying that if you visit and make a prayer on the day of the Sennichi-e, that you will be rewarded with the benefits equivalent for a thousand days.
The dance is mainly danced by a young boy. This is a Shinto performing art where you can see the “subtle and profound” concept being represented which is a philosophy unique for Japan.