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Shiraito’s Kanmisogi (Purification Ceremony at Kumano Shrine in Itoshima City)

Shiraito’s Kanmisogi is a traditional event extending back for about 400 years, and has been passed down for generations as the signature winter event of Itoshima (formerly Maebaru) City. The festival to pray for abundant crops starts at midnight on December 18 every year.
After about 100 men in loincloths receive purification in a ceremony on the grounds of Kumano Shrine, they run about 200 meters (656 feet) to the “Misogiba (place to get purified)” in the Nagano River, lead by three people who carry a tub of votive rice. While the rice in the tub is washed in the headwaters, the men submerge themselves in the cold river up to their waist and vigorously splash each other with water to get purified. After the rice is washed, they go back to the shrine grounds and cook it in a pot outside. Some of the rice is shaped into a tall, thin heap, dedicated to the god of the shrine, and prayed over. It is said that the lean of the rice heap decides the fate of the harvest.

This event has finished.
Date December 19, 2020
Address 819-1154 684 Shiraito, Itoshima City, Fukuoka
Contact Tel:092-322-2098 
Itoshima City Office
Parking Available (at the Shiraito Branch of Nagaito Elementary School)
Access By train – a 20 minute drive from JR Chikuzen Maebaru Station on the Chikuhi Line
Times Available Starts at the midnight on December 18
Area Fukuoka Area
Genre Rivers, Valleys and Waterfalls (Natural Scenery) Shrines and Temples (History and Culture) Festival (Festivals and Events) Traditional Event (Festivals and Events)

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