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Fujisaki Hachimangu Shrine Grand Festival

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Address 〒860-0841  3-1 Igawabuchi-machi, Kumamoto City
Opening hours In the middle of September every year
Contact Fujisaki Hachimangu Shrine
TEL:096-343-1543
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Area Kumamoto City
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This is an annual Hojoe festival of Fujisaki Hachimangu Shrine in autumn, and it is also known as ”Zuihyo Festival” or ”Uma-oi (horse chasing) Festival.” Hojoe is a ceremony in which captive creatures are set free to gain religious merit.
The day of horse chasing which attracts audiences the most, starts with a ceremony of Goshinko (God’s outing) in the early morning. Each of the 3 sacred palanquins are pulled by a cow, followed by 50 armored soldiers, and another 50 with soldier caps on and holding long-handled spears, and ”horse-chasing” from individual communities. It looks just like a big splendid scroll painting. Dozens of decorated horses for dedication and over 10,000 sego (beaters) wearing happi coats and headbands, march along the streets all day long, ringing gongs, playing trumpets and beating drums.

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