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An ancient festival that has been passed down from generation to generation in Shima.
We will introduce the main festivals and events held in Shima City.

Shima City Festival

funakoshi atarashikiFunakoshi, Daio Town, Funakoshimae Beach

Tototsuriai (Fire Festival)Funakoshi, Daio Town, Funakoshimae Beach

1 days

The mountain god is worshiped with New Year's prayers.
At midnight on New Year's Day, the boatmen, wearing crested hakama and white tabi socks, carry Japanese flag fans, and out of each group of up to four people, one person takes the lead, and three people sing the oratory in unison, and they go out for the atarashiki (New Year's oratory). .
After the end of ``Atarashiki,'' a man dressed as a woman turns ``Onisaigi'' into a pine tree and lights a grass tree at Funakoshimae Beach.
When the flames have burned down and the momentum has subsided, they chant "Yoi, yoi, yoi, yoi" and thrust a wooden stick into the pile of fire, causing the sparks to fly up.
It is said that the person who flies high repeatedly in quick succession will have a big catch this year.
It is also called ``Tototsuriai,'' meaning a competition for fishing.

funakoshi atarashiki

1st/Saidan Festival (8:00)Kaminogo, Isobe Town, Izamiya Shrine

3rd/Genshi Festival (8:00)Kaminogo, Isobe Town, Izamiya Shrine


Izanomiya Shrine, a separate shrine of Ise Grand Shrine, is crowded with people visiting the New Year's shrine to welcome the new year.
On the morning of New Year's Day, the Izagu Shrine Hosankai will serve sacred sake and amazake.

Lion dance eventUgata Shrine, Ago Town

1-3 days

It is thought that it first started as a bustling part of the town.
Since the Edo period, it has been offered as a prayer within the village for a rich harvest, a good catch, and the exodus of epidemics.
On the 1st and 2nd, a shrine lion dances.
Following the instructions of a guide wearing a Tengu mask called ``Kukudori'', the participants swoop in to the sound of flutes and drums, and then return to their original position.
The dancers alternate back and forth and dance three times.
Dance five times on the second day.
On the 3rd is the ``Reitaisai,'' and a female lion appears in the middle of the second performance, and after that, the two dance together seven and a half times.
Ohiri is thrown into the lion's wide-open mouth.

Lion dance event

Hipporo Shinto ritualAgo Town Tatejin Ukehi Shrine

2 days

The lion dance ritual at Tategami Ukehi Shrine is commonly known as the Hipporo ritual. According to Miyaza's system of prayer houses, 13 houses are selected from the area to serve at the Hipporo Shinto ritual.
There are two lion dancers, a head dancer and a rear dancer, and two male lions dance in pairs.
The musicians are one drummer and two flutes, and the tones are all different from the first to the ninth.

Hipporo Shinto ritual

SanbasoAnori, Ago Town, Niwanohama Beach, in front of Akiba Shrine

2 days

It is a traditional performing art with a history of about 400 years, and has been passed down for a long time as a messenger of the gods of fishermen's faith, observing the rise and fall of Anori village and praying for safe voyages and a good catch.It has been designated as a national important intangible folk cultural property. There is.
They dance at Niwahama Beach on the Pacific coast, and then dance in front of the shrine of Benzaiten on a hill facing Matoya Bay.
There are three Sanbaso dolls, and in Anori, Chitose is called Ichibanso, and Old Man is called Nibaso, and together with Sanbaso, they are customarily called ``Sambaso.''
These three dolls are believed to be paying a courtesy visit to Kodai Shrine, Kasuga Taisha Shrine, and Hachiman Shrine, and are highly respected by fishermen.
The 1st and 2nd positions are played by one person, and the Sanbaso is played by two people.


Katada Inari Shrine FestivalKatada Inari Shrine, Katada, Shima Town

7 days

This is the annual festival of Katada Inari Shrine, which is worshiped as the god of fishing and business.

Yakushi FestivalHamajimacho Hamajima Meioin Yakushido

7 days

We pray for a good catch, safe transportation and maritime safety, a bountiful harvest, prosperous business, relief from illness, and safety for the family.
The flames of the Yakushi-do fire festival and the flames of the flames are the same as the flames of Fudo Myo-o (the incarnation of Dainichi Nyorai who changed his body and manifested prayer in order to surrender the devil), and the flames are the same as the flames of Fudo Myo-o (the incarnation of Dainichi Nyorai who changed his body and manifested prayer in order to surrender the devil). It is said to purify all earthly desires, ward off misfortune, and increase profits.

Shirenkiri ritualAnori Shrine, Ago Town

10 days

A large shimenawa rope strung in front of the shrine during the New Year is cut in front of the shrine on January 10, the festival day, to pray for the exodus of pestilence, a bountiful harvest, and a good catch.
After the lion dance ritual, a young man called Kayo cuts two large shimenawa ropes shaped like giant snakes (8 meters long, 1.3 meters thick at the center) with a sword, cutting them first and second, and when they are finished. The ritual ends by raising the ``voice of time.''
The year's prosperity is determined by the number of swords, and the cut straw is taken home as a spell to repel insects.

Shirenkiri ritual

Fish on the board and bow pulling ritualHamajima-cho Hamajima Ukehi Shrine

11 days

For the ban fish ceremony, the ``mullet'', a successful fish, is cut into three pieces using a knife and mana chopsticks, chopped into small pieces, made into namaste, and distributed to the attending parishioners.
When the parishioners bring back one of the fish, they offer it to the altar and pray for peace in the village, safety for their families, and a bountiful catch.
In the bow-drawing ritual, two selected unmarried young men shoot a pair of arrows in the order of a large target and a small target.
Young people watching the event disrupt the event by throwing large and small stones, etc., and dislodge the arrows.
In this way, the curtain closes as the audience narrates this year's fortune-telling from the last ``Hasushiya.''
I don't really understand the meaning of ``Hasushiya'', but when you shoot at the black part in the center of the target, you do it again the next day and call it ``Nouri Naoshi.''

Fish on the board and bow pulling ritual

Goza Tsumekiri Fudoson FestivalShimacho Goza Goza Tsumekiri Fudoson

16 days

Goza Tsumekiri Fudoson...A standing figure of Fudo Myoo is engraved on a triangular stone about 1m in height.
According to legend, Kobo Daishi, who visited this area, was so moved by the villagers' hospitality that he carved it into a natural stone with his nails.
It is considered to be an absolutely secret Buddha.
A festival such as worship is held on January 16th every year.
Since 2006, stage events such as dances and game competitions have been held to liven up the festival through support parties.

First EbisuHamajima-cho Hamajima Ebisu Shrine

20 days

The god of Ebisugaoka protects people's livelihoods and brings wealth, but it is especially revered as the god of bountiful catches, and has been worshiped in every household since ancient times, along with Daikoku, the god of grain, who is in charge of the kitchen. .
The festival is held three times, centering on fishermen and the heart of Ebisu's god, facing south.
In addition, as a prayer for a big catch, the act of taking the lead in a race is called ``taking the edge.'' Based on the belief that fishermen can take the lead, the nose of Ebisu's god is said to be the first to take the lead. There is a custom that remains.
Nowadays, it is said to bring benefits such as ``prayers for academic success,'' ``success in sports,'' and ``prosperity in business.''

First Ebisu

Kusunomiya FestivalHamajima-cho Minamibari Kusunoki Gozen Eight Pillar Shrine

Old January 1nd

A festival of longevity.

Sweaty Jizo FestivalDaio Town Nakiri Donoyama

24 days

The Sweat Jizo was caught in the net of the fisherman Sozaemon, and the festival is based on the legend that he sweats white for auspicious events and black sweat for bad events.
It is held to pray for safety at sea, satisfaction with a big catch, safety at home, prosperity in the family business, and traffic safety.

Sweaty Jizo Festival

at present,
There are no festivals or events in March.

A teahouse opens in Amanoiwato, where cherry blossoms are blooming.Entering “Ama no Iwato” in Erihara, Isobe-cho, Shima City

Early (when cherry blossoms bloom)

Guests will be treated to matcha tea made with famous water and Sawamochi cakes under the Oshimazakura cherry tree, which is designated as a natural monument by the city and blooms at Japan's first coffee shop, ``Ieten-no-Chaya Ruins.''

Teahouse cherry blossoms at Amanoiwato

Abalone offeringIse City Ise Shrine


A diver diver wearing a white Isogi presents abalone and turban shells in a bamboo basket to Ise Grand Shrine.
We pray for a big catch, maritime safety, and the prosperity of our citizens.

Ishigami's Spring FestivalAgo Town Ugata Yokoyama Ishigami Shrine

8 days

Residents who lived in the Uzumigata area had great aspirations and built Ichiu, named the temple Amaterasu-zan Enjo-ji Temple, and in the first year of the Ten'ei era, prayed to Tenma Daijizai Tenjin as the main deity to calm the temple grounds. is said to have started.
There was a time when he was popular as a god of matchmaking, as he was said to always listen to your requests.
Also, during wartime, it was customary for soldiers who went to war to visit the shrine to pray for victory.
Even now, it is said that ``Mr. Ishigami will always make one wish come true in your life,'' and is blessed with landscapes of spring, summer, fall, and winter, and is blessed with spring festivals (4/8), autumn festivals (10/8), and first prayers ( New Year) is being held.

Abalone Kingdom FestivalShima Town Fuseda Shima Fureai Park


There will be plenty of events, including abalone tasting.

Abalone Kingdom Festival

Shima Kokubunji Flower FestivalAgo Town Kokufu Shima Kokubunji Temple

8 days

A flower festival celebrating the birth of Buddha. Inside the shrine grounds, visitors made wishes by pouring ``amacha'' over the Buddha's birth Buddha, which was decorated with seasonal flowers.
On both sides of the stone pavement that connects Shima Kokubunji's main gate and main hall, there are nostalgic open-air stalls selling goldfish scoops and cotton candy.

Ise lobster festivalHamajima-cho Hamajima Hamajima Seaside Park area

1nd Saturday

This festival heralds the arrival of early summer in Ise-Shima, and is held to express gratitude for seafood such as Ise lobsters and to pray for a bountiful catch.After the ceremony, the "Jacoppe Dance" is performed to a light rhythm. A contest will be held, and in the evening there will be a ``Dochu Jakoppe Odori'' with the participation of over 1,000 dancers, followed by an all-out dance with audience participation, including the ``Ise Shrimp Mikoshi'' at the climax. . Additionally, at the end of the festival, fireworks are set off to the tune of ``Nazakuhayashi.''

Ise lobster festival

Daijiji Temple Hydrangea FestivalDaiocho Nakiri Daijiji Temple

Early November

In June, many beautiful hydrangea flowers bloom all around the temple, creating a very picturesque atmosphere.
On the day of the festival, various events such as concerts and souvenir sales are held, and it is crowded with many people.

Daijiji Temple Hydrangea Festival

Great training ceremonyIsobe Town

22 days

“Isobe no Okanda” is an event that represents Shima City and has been designated as a national important intangible folk cultural property.
Prior to the actual performance on June 6th, the Onarashishiki ceremony is held on June 24nd every year, where officials in costumes practice as if it were for the actual performance.

Great training ceremony

Izamiya Rice Planting FestivalKaminogo, Isobe Town Izamiya Shrine

24 days

Along with Katori Shrine in Chiba Prefecture and Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine in Osaka, it is counted as one of Japan's three major rice planting festivals, is designated as a national intangible folk cultural property, and is locally called ``Omita''.
Each year, the volunteers take turns in serving each district, and all the volunteers visit Iza-gu Shrine, receive purification, and then head to Ota.
A thick green bamboo tree, about 11 meters long, is tied to a stake in the ridge on the west side of the rice field, and a large fan (Gombauchiwa) is attached to the tip of the bamboo.
Six Tachitos and six Saotomes descended to Ota, held hands, walked around Naeba for three and a half laps, and began collecting seedlings. Once the seedlings have been harvested, the tachito untie the green bamboo from the stake and fan it three times to knock it down toward the center of the rice field.Then young men from nearby fishing villages dress up in their lower belts and compete for the bamboo.
There is a belief that people take the bamboo home as a talisman to pray to the spirits of ships, to be satisfied with a big catch, and to be safe at sea.
Once the bamboo harvesting is finished, rice planting begins to the sound of flutes and drums.
At the end, the rice planting ceremony ends with a dance called ``Odori-komi'' as the dance moves back to Iza-gu Shrine and the child performs the ceremony.

Izamiya Rice Planting Festival

Tide Festival (Oshima Festival)Shima Town Wagu Wagu Fishing Port - Oshima

Old January 6nd

A unique festival that boasts a tradition of over 780 years.
This festival celebrates the annual return of Ichikishima Hime, the goddess who protects the safety of the sea, from Yakumo Shrine in Wagu to the shrine on Oshima.
This is a strange festival in which fishermen and divers offer fish and shellfish caught at nearby fishing grounds before the shrine, praying for safety at sea and a bountiful catch, and then return to Wagu fishing port and mingle with the divers and fishermen in the bay, having a tide-throwing battle from the boat.
There is a belief that if you catch this tide, your family will be safe and in good health that year.

Tide Festival

Kojima FestivalShima Town Fuseda Fuseda - Kojima

Old January 6nd

A ritual is held at Nakanohama in Fuseda to pray for safety at sea and good catches, and fishermen and ama divers head to the small island to pray.
In the afternoon, the mikoshi is paraded through the town of Fuseda.

Funakoshi Tenno FestivalFunakoshi, Daio Town Funakoshi Shrine and other Funakoshi area

13th and 14th

``Residents of Funakoshi who went to Korea as soldiers and sailors during the Bunroku War returned to their village, visited the shrine, and held a victory banquet on the shrine grounds,'' according to the 1991 Daio Town Cultural Properties Survey. It is written in the ``Annual Events of Daio Town'' compiled by the committee, and is said to have its origin from something that overlaps with the historical story mentioned above.
Funakoshi Taiko drums are dedicated to pray for safety in the town, a good harvest, a large catch of fish, and prosperous business.

Tokano Tenno FestivalTogano, Isobe Town Toganojima

20th and 21th

It is said that in ancient times it was performed to avert disasters by applying Susano-no-mikoto to Kozutenno (*).
A mikoshi is carried to Yaegaki Shrine, where Mikoto is enshrined, and a ritual is performed.
After the ``Shinsen-no-gi'' where the object of worship is transferred to a mikoshi, the mikoshi is paraded around the island to exorcise evil spirits, and on the sea, fireworks illuminate the night sky to liven up the festival.
In addition, a grand festival is held every seven years in which a boat with a place to enshrine the mikoshi goes around the island.
<*Originally the guardian deity of Gion Shoja in India. In Japan, he is enshrined at Yasaka Shrine in Gion, Kyoto, etc., as a god that protects against pestilence.

Tide Festival

Sasara danceAgo Town Tategami Yakushido

14 days (every 5 years)

Sugekasa, a large Zasara dressed in black and a small Zasara wearing a beautiful flower hat played five types of dances in the order of ``Uchikomi'', ``Ayaori'', ``Nagahyoshi'', ``Kokiriko'', and ``Fukiodori'' while playing Sasara made of bamboo. Let's dance.
Prefecturally designated cultural property (designated March 13, 1995)

Great Nembutsu of ObonDaio Town Nakiri

14 days

Umbrellas with the deceased's posthumous and common names written on them rotate around a drum and bell. An event held in memory of the deceased that preserves the form that has been passed down in Shima since ancient times.

Great Nembutsu of Obon

Waraji FestivalDaio Town Nakiri Nakiri Shrine etc.

monkey's day

This festival originates from a legend that the villagers made a straw sandal the size of a tatami mat and showed it to the giant Dandarabocchi, who was destroying the village, to scare him away.
Two days before the festival, a large waraji one foot, 1.2 meters long and XNUMX meters wide, is made.
On that day, a messenger receives the waraji and carries it to the worship hall of Nakiri Shrine.
After the priest cleanses it, five young children dance three times in front of the waraji in simple gestures, being controlled by young attendants.
When the dance is finished, a cotton rope tied to the end of the waraji is held and pulled from west to east.
After being pulled at the shrine, the straw sandals are moved to Suba Beach, where they are sung by old women who sing congratulatory songs, and are pushed offshore to pray for safety at sea and a big catch.
There will also be mikoshi and dancers on the way, and a fireworks display will be held at night.
It has been designated as a prefectural intangible cultural property.

Waraji Festival

Anori's puppet showAnori Shrine, Ago Town

2nd Saturday/Sunday

Puppet theater is a traditional performing art that has been handed down for over 400 years and is a nationally designated Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property (designated on January XNUMX, XNUMX).
It is performed on a stage within the grounds of Anori Shrine, and is characterized by its simple, bold, and rustic expression of emotions, anger, sadness, and happiness.

Anori's puppet show

Ise lobster offeringIse City Ise Shrine

Early November

The first fried Ise lobsters are dedicated to Ise Grand Shrine.

Ishigami's Autumn FestivalAgo Town Ugata Yokoyama Ishigami Shrine

8 days

He is known as Ishigami-san, who makes once-in-a-lifetime wishes come true, and prayers and memorial services are held here.

Yakushido fire crossingHamajima-cho Hamajima Myo-in Chofuku-ji Temple


It is held at the Yakushi-do Hall of Chofukuji Temple in Hamajima-cho, where the Yakushi Nyorai, said to have been created by Prince Shotoku, is enshrined. The town is crowded with events such as chaito goma and fire-watari to pray for the safety of the town and a bountiful catch.

Eejanka FestivalAgo Town Ugata Aji Arena


It was established in 1995 to pray for a bountiful year, big catches, and safety, and for continued prosperity.
It's crowded with people dancing.

Anori's puppet show

Hamashima God FestivalHamajima-cho Hamajima Ukehi Shrine

2nd Saturday

This festival is held to express gratitude for a bountiful harvest, a big catch, and the bounty of the mountains and sea.
It's a lively event that celebrates the autumn harvest, and people get excited as they share the joy.
The sound of drums resounds throughout the decorated town, bringing the town to life, and the children's mikoshi in happy costumes spread out in a circle of joy as they shout bravely. In addition, a boat float carried by the Youth Group will be carried out into the town.

Konpiragu Grand FestivalKashiwajima Konpira Shrine, Ago-cho, Shima City

21 days

Dawn came to the Kashiwajima area when trains started running between Toba and Kashijima with the opening of the Shima Electric Railway.
Wishing for the prosperity of this Kashiwajima area, and believing that it is important to enshrine the shrine that serves as a stronghold for the hearts of the residents, the current location was chosen as the most suitable as a sacred precinct, and a branch of Toba Konpiragu Shrine was enshrined as the guardian deity of Kashijima. did.

pearl festivalAgocho Shinmei Maruyama Park - Kashiwajima area

22 days

This event is held at Kashijima Island in Ago Bay, the hometown of pearls, to pray for the memorial service for Akoya oysters, which end their lives with the birth of pearls, and for the promotion of the pearl farming industry. After a memorial service at the memorial tower in Maruyama Park overlooking Kashishima Port, mother-of-pearl oysters and pearl beads will be released into Kashishima Port.

pearl festival

Izamiya dedication ceremonyKaminogo, Isobe Town Izamiya Shrine

25 days

Enshrinement at Ise Shrine Bekku/Iza Shrine. The Choken Festival is solemnly held on October 10th every year to pray for a good harvest for the year. An event where seafood and mountain delicacies are offered to Iza-gu Shrine. We offer our sincere thanks to God for his blessings.

lighthouse anniversaryDaio Town Nakiri

1 days

The construction of Japan's first Western-style lighthouse began in Kannonzaki, Yokosuka City, Kanagawa Prefecture, and the date was established on November 1868, 11, the lighthouse groundbreaking ceremony, to commemorate the start of lighthouse operations. It was done.
On the day of the event, the lighthouse was open to the public for free, and there were fishermen's sushi and turban shell roasting, among other activities (18).

pearl festival

Katada Inari FestivalShima Town Katada Katada Inari

7 days

This festival is held to express gratitude for this year's bountiful harvest by hanging Inari (Inari) on the ``Inenari''.

Isobe Shrine FestivalIsobe Town Erihara Isobe Shrine

11 days

The area around the precincts is bustling with chrysanthemum exhibitions, stalls, and events.

Name seaweed shimenawa cuttingIn front of the mountain shrine in Nakiri, Nagano Town, Daio Town

fire festivalDaio Town Nakiri Osato Beach

31 days

On the night of New Year's Eve, the Naonori boatman and about 20 children from each group visit each house, and from around midnight on New Year's Day, after the Naonori event, in which each family goes around reciting a congratulatory message, it is said that all disasters will be brought to the town. In order to prevent people from invading the area, the boatmen made large shimenawa ropes along two roads, one for Deguchiyama no Kami in Tenma and the other for Deguchiyama Kami in Naga town, and strung these on the road. It is a sacred sword called Tenma, and it is a ritual to cut it with a folding fan.
After cutting, the straw pine is set on fire, and the straw that is piled up at Osatohama is set on fire.
Fishermen raise this fire with their fishing rods and pray for a big catch while saying ``Momase Momase.''
The higher the fire rises, the richer the catch, and the more happy they are.
It is also said that the direction of the smoke can be used to predict the wind conditions for the year.

New Year's Eve bonfireKaminogo, Isobe Town Izamiya Shrine

31 days

A large bonfire is lit in the precincts and the shrine is crowded with people praying for New Year's Eve. Sacred sake and amazake will also be served by the Izamiya Hosankai.

Yearly tree (green onion)Katada Inari Shrine, Onohama, Katada, Shima Town

31 days

By evening, pile up green onions on Onohama Beach, visit Inari Shrine, and then catch the fire from the lanterns on a Japanese pine, transfer it to the green onions, and burn it.The way the fire rises predicts a good year of fishing.
The higher the sparks rise and the more vigorously they burn, the more happy they are that they have had a big catch.
A prayer event for fishermen that has been passed down since ancient times.

Enjoy Shima