Things to do / Traditional festivals

Mie: Waraji Matsuri

Festival of a Japanese traditional straw-made sandal, "Waraji." Four young men in traditional festival costumes carry huge Waraji, and after the ceremony of purification, Waraji is thrown into the sea to pray for the fishermen's safety at sea.

Schedule & Key events:
● Sept. 8
from 10 a.m.: Shinto ritual is held at the shrine
● Sept. 14
from 2:30 p.m.: Shinto ritual is held at Nakiri Port, and four men with Waraji leave for Suba-no-hama Beach
from 3:30 p.m.: Waraji is thrown into the sea
from 8 p.m.: Fireworks display is held over Nakiri Port

Location: Nakiri-jinja Shrine,, Daio-cho, Shima, Mie

JR Sangu Line to Toba Sta. From there, take Kintetsu Shima Line to Ugata Sta., and take Mie Kotsu Bus (for Gozako) to Nakiri Shogakko Bus Stop (20 min.), 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.