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おめつき Ometsuki Ometsuki Festival

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Ometsuki Festival, which dates back over 300 years, takes place every January 24th at Naburi, Ogatsu-cho, Miyagi Prefecture.
It is said to have started in 1781 after a big fire raged through the village and people started to pray at the shrine to prevent it happening again.
On the festival day, led by a person dressed as Shishi lion, Dashi portable shrines parade dynamically followed by Choujirushi portable shrines carried by children.
The biggest attraction in the festival is a series of performances called “Ometsuki”. What will be seen in the performances is kept secret until the day of the event. This is because young people who become lively after drinking “Omiki”, sake offered to a deity, used to demonstrate improvised performances on a whim. Ometsuki is said to have derived from the word, “Omiki” and “omoitsuki” or acting on whims. Although most of the themes in the performances are current social issues, they use a form of traditional Kyougen play with some similarity to Niwaka, a comical street performance, with exaggerated female and male roles. This is very unique in the nation and is a valued cultural event.
Ometsuki is designated as an important intangible folklore cultural asset by Miyagi Prefecture.
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須佐神社 Susajinja Susa Shrine

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Susa Shrine is located in Izumo City, Shimane Prefecture and is dedicated to  Susanoo-no-mikoto’s and other deities.
It has some Important National Cultural Assets, including the famous Sword with Hyogo chains, and the Lion mask.
The name of this district is Susa, Sada-town after the god’s name.  Susanoo, was the brother of Amaterasu, and was banished from heaven because of his rivalry with his sister. He came to Izumo, where he became the local  god.
There is a salt well in the shrine and legend has it that the god is supposed to have pumped salt water from the well to cleanse the district. The well water comes from the beach in Inasa and the water tastes a bit salty. This story is one of the 7 secrets of Suna.
There is a 1,200-year-old cedar tree, with a girth of 7m and a height of 24m.  The tree has a powerful sense of  history and dignity.
The shrine has continued for as many as 78 generations.
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