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Iwate: Daito Ohara Mizu-kake Matsuri

Water Pouring Festival for a prevention of fire with a 360-year history, featuring a parade of floats, Taiko drumming, local performing arts and firefighters.

Schedule & Key events:
from 10:10 a.m.: Local people make a new giant Shimenawa (sacred straw festoon) fixed to Ohara Hachiman-jinja Shrine
from 12:40 p.m.: Floats parade through the town
from 2:35 p.m.: Ritual pray is held at the shrine
3 p.m.-3:50 p.m. About 300 half-naked men rush on the streets in the town, while townspeople dash cold water over them

Location: Ohara Hachiman-jinja Shrine and others, Daito-cho, Ichinoseki, Iwate

JR Tohoku Shinkansen Line to Ichinoseki Sta. From there, take JR Ofunato Line to Surisawa Sta., and then take bus to Daito Bus Center Bus Stop (20 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.