With a history of over a thousand years, it is the largest festival since the time of Higo Province and is popularly known by such names as “Hojoe” and “Zuibyo Festival” among others. The festival starts with the Miyautsushishiki ceremony which is followed by the Shinkoshiki ceremony, the highlight of the festival. The shinko gyoretsu parade starts early in the morning with a spectacular procession that unfolds like a giant emaki scroll with mikoshi shrines, armored accompanying soldiers, armored soldiers, and lion dances. Following the parade is the Uma-oi horse chasers and the spirit of the locals that culminates in a powerful finale.
|Event Dates||Mid-September every year (tentative)|
|Event Details||September 13–17, 2019
The main shinko gyoretsu procession is on the 16th
|Location (venue)||Fujisaki Hachimangu Shrine|
|Address||3-1 Igawabuchi-machi, Chuo-ku, Kumamoto-shi, Kumamoto|
|Category||Bravery, Shrines and temples|
Event organizers may change the date and time. Please check the official website.