Misato-cho no Ondasai 美郷町の御田祭 Miyazaki (July)
Ondasai has continued for 970 years. It is a traditional rice planting matsuri held in the Tashiro district. There is a land leveling ritual, in which the mikoshi (portable shrine) is paraded. Also, horses and cattle run through flooded rice fields splashing mud as they go. It is said that this mud splash brings good health and prevents disaster. While Saibara is sung, a rice planting ritual by female rice planters, who wear the same kimono with splashed patterns and bamboo hats, is performed. People pray for a good harvest, and pray to the god of farming for the safety of horses and cattle.
See here for the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) matsuri page.
Tashiro Jinja, Saigoku, Misato-cho, Higashiusuki-gun, Miyazaki
Approx. 50 min. by Miyazaki Kotsu Bus bound for Tsukabaru from Hyugashi Station on the JR Nippo Main Line. Get off at Misato-cho Yakuba Mae bus stop.