Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Kure Hachimangu Shrine Grand Festival

   The Kure Hachimangu Shrine Grand Festival is taking place from the 14th to the 15th of the 8th month in the lunar calendar and is one of the three major festivals of Kochi. The festival has been held since the Period of Warring States in Japan (16th century). The highlight of the festival is a magnificent procession called “Omikoku-san” where local men march through the night towards the shrine while carrying a large, 6-meter-high torch weighing about 1 ton.

Date: September 29 (Sat.) - 30 (Sun.), 2012
The Omikoku-san procession takes place from late at night on September 28 through early the next day. The fireworks festival starts at 8p.m. on the first day.
Place: Kure Hachimangu Shrine (6515 Kure, Nakatosa Town)
Directions: About 5 min walk from JR Tosa Kure Sta.
Inquiries: The Division of Fishery, Commerce and Industry of Nakatosa Town Office TEL: 0889-52-2473

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