Harimichi no Abare Dashi 針道のあばれ山車 Fukushima (Oct.)
In the Harimichi no Abare Dashi, males ranging in age from mid-teens to mid-thirties form seven groups, each of which boasts a majestic dashi (float), which is crashed into the others. It has a history of over 400 years, and is held as the regular matsuri of Suwa Shrine in the Harimichi area of Nihonmatsu City. The ritual began a long time ago when there was a series of crop failures and a plague outbreak. Dashi decorated with dolls, and sacred kagura dances were offered to the deity as a way to quell misfortune.
Suwa Jinja, Harimichi, Nihonmatsu City, Fukushima
Approx. 20 min. by taxi from Nihonmatsu station on the Tohoku main line
Exit Nihonmatsu interchange on the Tohoku Expressway, then take National Route 4, then turn onto prefectural Route 62 at the Adachigahara intersection (approx. 25 min.)