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Miyajima Tamatori Festival

August 24


A bunch of almost naked men clambering on top of one another in the sea trying to capture a lucky ball on a hot summer day! The annual Tamatori (literally ‘treasure ball grab’) Festival is said to be based on a ritual one dates back to hundreds of years. After a ceremony within Itsukushima Shrine a ball is placed on a kind of tray which is suspending from a scaffold built over the water in front of the shrine. Teams of men dressed only in loincloths battle to reach and capture the ball while the tray moves up and down in hope of securing a year of good fortune.

This year the festival is to be held in the during the morning, but the start time depends on the tides, so it’s best to call the Miyajima Tourist Association (0829) 44-2011 to confirm ahead of time.


August 24
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Itsukushima Shrine
1-1 Miyajima-cho
Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken 739-0588 Japan
(0829)44-2020 ‎