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2008/4/4

切込の裸カセドリ Kirigome-no-hadaka-kasedori Hadaka Kasedori (Naked Bird Festival) in Kirigome

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Hadaka Kasedori is the traditional New Year’s event handed down in the Kirigome area in Kami Town, Miyagi Prefecture. It is held on the night of January 15 every year in hope of fire prevention and getting rid of bad luck. It is prefecturally designated as an intangible folk cultural property.

This is a very unique festival, in which half-naked men with “Hebiso (soot from the Japanese traditional kitchen range)” on the faces visit each of the houses in the village. They are treated with sake and meals, while applying Hebiso on the faces of the family members.

This custom is said to be a kind of rite of passage in that boys over 15 years old undergo physical hardship. New participants, newly married men and men with unlucky ages must wear straw hats and Shimenawa (sacred rice-straw ropes) over their loincloths; and then they stand in front of each houses and are poured cold water all over their bodies.

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Miyazaki, Kami-machi, Kami-gun, Miyagi Prefecture 981-4401
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Hadaka Kasedori (Naked Bird Festival) in Kirigome




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