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. After various dedication events are held following the opening of the festival with the Miyautsushishiki ceremony, the Shinkoshiki ceremony, the highlight of the festival, takes place. The shinko gyoretsu parade begins in the early morning, with the Omikoshi (portable shrine) leading the way, followed by the armored accompanying soldiers, armored soldiers, the machi-hoko (town banners) and lion dances, creating a spectacular giant picture scroll. Decorated horses and Uma-oi horse chasers follow the parade, culminating in a climax energized with the spirit of the Higo natives.
|Every year on the first Sunday or national holiday after September 16
|September 18, 2022 (tentative)
*Please see the official website for details.
|3-1 Igawabuchi-machi, Chuo-ku, Kumamoto-shi, Kumamoto
|Shrines and temples
Event organizers may change the date and time. Please check the official website.