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Wakubata woolen banner event of Kumakabuto Hatsuka Festival
Art Category Festival
Name Wakubata woolen banner event of Kumakabuto Hatsuka Festival

Wakubata woolen banner event of Kumakabuto Hatsuka Festival《Feature》
This festival is the grand festival of Kumakabutoarakashihiko Shrine (Kumakabuto Shrine) and is called ‘Hatsuka Festival’ because it is held on September 20th every year.
The portable shrines from nineteen subordinate shrines in each community within the town come into the main shrine, with the chanting calls of ‘iyasakasaa’ and the lively sound of gong and drum through the guidance of Sarutahiko (Shinto god). These are accompanied by roughly twenty meter high, deep red colored wakubata woolen banners and tools.
After all the portable shrines enter into the front shrine, the Houhei Ceremony is held at the main shrine. Young people beat gongs and drums, and Sarutahiko dances to the sound throughout the grounds of the shrine.

[Government-Designated Significant Intangible Folk Cultural Asset]
Provided by Nanao City Tourism Association
Translation: Yoko Hokari, reviewed by Catherine Newman

City/Town Miyamae, Nakajima-Cho, Nanao City, Ishikawa Prefecture
Location Kumakabuto Shrine(Held on September 20th every year)
Contact Nanao City Tourism Association  TEL: 0767-53-8424
Access Kumakabuto Shrine(Miyamae, Nakagima-cho, Nanao City)
Five minutes by Taxi from Notonakajima Station of Noto Tetsudou Nanao Line
Highlight/POI After the festivity at the shrine, the portable shrines lead and move to Kamohara which is 700 meters away from the grounds of the shrine.
At Kamohara, “oneri” (parading / dancing) is performed.
The festival heads to a climax when `shimadakuzushi` is displayed in which the wakubata are circled fast and tipped nearly to the ground.

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