Festivals of Japan

Events across Japan. A collection ranging from traditional to seasonal offerings.

Saidaiji Temple Eyo - Okayama

Important Intangible Cultural Property
One of Japan’s three most strange festivals with a history of more than 500 years dating back to the Muromachi period. Half-naked men compete for a shingi wrapped in paper talisman called Go-o. The men enter the temple grounds shouting “Wasshoi! Wasshoi,” purify their bodies with cold water, pushing and shoving on the Oyuka temple grounds. At 10 p.m, all of the lights are turned off and the shingi is thrown from the Gofuku window. In the rush, the man who manages to grab the stick is called the “lucky man.” Participation by foreigners has increased in recent years. In March 2016, the festival was designated a national important intangible folk cultural property.

Event Dates Every year on the third Saturday in February
Event Details February 17, 2024
Eyo taiko drum performance: twice from 18:30 and from 19:30
Throwing of the shingi: 22:00
Official site https://www.okayama-cci.or.jp/activation/saidaijieyo/foreignlanguage.html
Location (venue) Saidaiji Kannon-in Temple
Address 3-8-8 Saidaijinaka, Higashi-ku, Okayama-shi, Okayama
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Region Chugoku
Category Bravery, Shrines and temples

Event organizers may change the date and time. Please check the official website.

update: Nov.22.2023

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