When was the last time you yelled? Anyone in Japan knows that being loud in public isn’t something that happens too often. Train cars are usually quiet and even concerts don’t get too raucous.
This weekend, an oogoe taikai (shouting competition) will let visitors raise their voices at, surprisingly, a temple in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture.
The benefits to an event like this are actually quite good. Children are often told to be quiet in public, but when faced with danger yelling can become essential to personal safety. Even adults may shy away from raising their voices in such a situation.
This year’s shouting competition is the fifth of its kind and will be open to all ages. Organizers are encouraging a public venting of feelings whether they be joy, anger or plain old stress. The best result, though, will be people fighting the fear of being loud.
All visitors who participate in the challenge will also be told how their voices are perceived, the shouts will be measured and compared on a chart against other loud things, such as the sound of an engine.
Everyone who works up the nerve to get on stage will receive a prize for participation. Awards will be presented in two categories: for children and adults.
Yokosuka Oogoe Taikai will take place at the square in front of the main building of Myozoji Temple in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, on Aug. 17 from 10 a.m. till 1 p.m. Participation is free. Anyone interested in taking part is requested to arrive at the reception desk between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. The yelling will start at 11 a.m. You can access the temple via Kinugasa Station on the JR Yokosuka line. For more information, call 046-851-0613 or visit oogoe2012.web.fc2.com/index2013.html.