Devil Festival, designated as one of the National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties. It features several kinds of Kagura (Shinto dance with music) dedicated to the shrine to dispel evil spirits, and Ame-maki (candy-throwing ceremony) to pray for a good harvest of the year. The festival is highlighted by "Aka-oni to Tengu no Karakai" in which Tengu (a long-nosed goblin) defeats red devils.
Schedule & Key events:
from 10 a.m.: Kagura and Ame-maki performance
● Feb. 11
from 2 p.m.: Aka-oni to Tengu no Karakai and Kagura performance
Location: Akumikanbe Shinmeisha Shrine, Toyohashi, Aichi
JR Tokaido Shinkansen Line to Toyohashi Sta. From there, take streetcar to Toyohashi Koen-mae (10 min), and then walk 3 min.
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.