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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


Access:
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.