It is said that the festival originates from villagers who worried about Niu Hime no Mikoto when she overslept a gathering of gods at Izumo Shrine and tried to comfort her by telling her to laugh.
It is a peculiar festival where the white painted Laughing Okina parades around shaking bells and chanting, “Laugh, laugh.”
(Designed an intangible folk performing art by the prefecture.)
|Date||The Sunday before Health and Sports Day every year|
|Location (venue)||Nui-jinja Shrine|
|Address||Ekawa, Hidakagawa-cho, Hidaka-gun, Wakayama|
|Category||Shrines and temples, Traditional performing arts|
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