Yamamiya Shrine Spring Festival – Tauchi (Paddy Tilling)/Kagihiki (Hooked Pole Tug of War)/Shogatsu-odori (New Year’s Dance) (鹿屋市串良町 山宮神社の春祭り)

Intangible Folk Cultural Property

Osumi Area Local Performing Art and Traditional Event

On the Osumi Peninsula, there are three Yamamiya Shrines (in Tanoura, Shibushi; Anraku, Shibushi; and Kushira, Kanoya), each of which holds a spring festival to pray for a bountiful harvest.
The spring festival at Yamamiya Shrine in the Dozono area of Kushira, which dates back roughly 400 years, is held to pray for a bumper crop of rice. In the past, the festival coincided with the Lunar New Year. For the Shogatsu-odori (New Year’s Dance), each neighborhood association is represented by a group of six people wielding sanshakubo (three-foot staffs) or rokushakubo (six-foot staffs); two or three groups strike each other’s staffs as they dance together.
Many traditional dances like the Bo-odori (staff dance) remain today in the many villages near the Kimotsuki River. Every village’s dance has its own costumes and characteristics. Taking them in all at once and comparing them makes for a fascinating experience.

Basic Information

Address 893-1601 鹿児島県鹿屋市串良町細山田
Business Days/ Hours Event Days
Mid Feb
Venue Kushira, Kanoya: Yamamiya Shrine
  • 駐車場
  • トイレ
  • クレジットカード
  • WIFI
  • バリアフリー対応可
  • ベジタリアンメニュー相談可
  • ムスリムメニュー相談可
  • 祈祷所


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