Blindfolded Female Sumo Wrestling (Masue Goro Inari Shrine)

Every year on the Sunday closest to December 8, women dawn blindfolds and the mask of one of the Seven Shinto Gods of Good Fortune to take part in a devotional sumo wrestling match at Masue Goro Inari Shrine’s Fuigo Festival. This unique event in which women wearing white clothes stand on their knees, fumble for their opponent, and try to push her down has continually been held since just after World War Ⅱ.
It is said that the style of wrestling blind is a comparison to the difficulty of a life in which the future is uncertain. The “moves” employed by the wrestlers fumbling intently for an opponent they can’t see, and the changes the facial expressions of the masks take on with these moves draw laugher from the audience, who in turn get enormously fired up, cheering and clapping for the wrestlers!

This event has finished.
Date December 06, 2020
Address 819-1613 575 Nijo Masue, Itoshima City, Fukuoka
Contact Tel:092-322-2098 
Itoshima City Office
Access By train – About a 30 minute walk from JR Ikisan Station on the Chikuhi Line
Times Available The Sunday closest to December 8
Area Fukuoka Area
Genre Shrines and Temples (History and Culture) Festival (Festivals and Events) Event (Festivals and Events) Traditional Event (Festivals and Events) Entertainment (Festivals and Events) Sports (Festivals and Events)

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