Things to do / Traditional festivals

Mie: Ya Ya Matsuri

The festival with a 300-year tradition is known as a "quarreling" festival, featuring Kori-kaki, men jumping into icy ocean of Owase Bay to purify themselves.

Schedule & Key events:
● Feb. 2-4
from 7:30 p.m.: Men in traditional white costumes shove and jostle one another at three places in the city
from 8:30 p.m.: Kori-kaki takes place
● Feb. 5
from noon: Procession of feudal lord and local dancing parades on the old Kumano road to Owase-jinja Shrine
from 7 p.m.: Japanese archery is demonstrated in the shrine precincts
from 8:40 p.m.: Shishimai lion dance is demonstrated in the shrine precincts

Location: Owase-jinja Shrine, Owase Bay, old Kumano road and others, Owase, Mie

JR Kisei Honsen Line to Owase Sta., and then walk 10 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.