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Onomichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan

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June 2018

Onomichi Gion Festival

June 30 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Onomichi Onomichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan

One of Onomichi's three major festivals. Three groups of men dressed in happi coats carrying mikoshi portable shrines make their way, chanting and banging as they go, from Kubo Yasaka Shrine through the narrow city streets to the gathering point at the watabashi ferry landing on Onomichi's waterfront. The three groups them race as fast as they can around a large banner infront of large crowds. Finally all three groups repeat the circling of the banner, but at the same…

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November 2018

Onomichi Betcha Festival

November 1 - November 3
Onomichi Onomichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan

When, in 1808, plague was sweeping through the porttown of Onomichi, the lord in control at the time ordered local shrines to perform purification rights in an attempt to ward of the disease. The rights were to be performed over 3 days and two nights and, in addition, an omokoshi portable shrine was carried through the streets with young men dressed a lion and three demons named beta, shouki and soba at the head of the procession.   Today, a…

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