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Fukushima: Soma Noma-oi

Wild horses chasing with over a 1,000-year history, designated as one of the National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties. This festival features yoinori-keiba (horse racing by local people with traditional attire), ogyoretsu (a procession of warriors on horses), kacchu-keiba (horse racing by armored warriors), shinki-sodatsusen (scramble for shinki flags of the shrine by hundreds horsemen in ancient armor and helmets) and nomakake, in which young men in white costumes try to capture the wild horses bare-handed for the dedication to Soma Odaka-jinja Shrine.

Schedule & Key events:
● July 29
from 2 p.m.: Yoinori-keiba at Hibarigahara Moor
● July 30
9:30-11 a.m. Ogyoretsu, marching through the city to Hibarigahara Moor
from noon: Kacchu-keiba at Hibarigahara Moor
from 1 p.m.: Shinki-sodatsusen at Hibarigahara Moor
● July 31
9 a.m.-noon Nomakake in the shrine precincts

Location: Hibarigahara Moor, Minami-Soma, Fukushima


Access:
JR Tohoku Shinkansen Line to Sendai Sta. From there, take JR Joban Line to Haranomachi Sta.


Festival information compiled in cooperation with the Tourist Information Center of the Japan National Tourist Organization. (Shin-Tokyo Bldg. 1F, 3-3-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; (03) 3201-3331). Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.