Yonekawa no Mizukaburi 米川の水かぶり Miyagi (Feb.)
Yonekawa no Mizukaburi is an old disaster prevention ritual. Men dress as divine messengers in unique straw costumes, and cover their faces with soot from a traditional hearth. They run through the town, praying and throwing water over the houses. The townsfolk pull straw from their costumes and put in on their roofs as a charm to ward off disaster. The ritual is a nationally designated Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property.
Horinzan Daijiji, Yonekawa, Towa-cho, Tome City, Miyagi
From Kurikoma-Kogen station on the shinkansen line, go to Semine, or Nitta, or Ishikoshi station on the local line. Yonekawa is 45 minutes by taxi from any of these three stations
From Ishikoshi station, take the Miyagi Kotsu Ishikoshi-route bus and get off at Sanuma-Eigyosho bus stop. Change to the Nairiku-route bus and get off at Yonekawa Shinryo-sho bus stop
From Semine station, take the Miyagi Kotsu Tome-route bus and get off at Sanuma-Eigyosho bus stop. Change to the Nairiku-route bus and get off at Yonekawa Shinryo-sho bus stop
Exit Tohoku Expressway at the Tsukidate or Wakayanagi-Kannari interchange. Take National Route 346 to Towa-cho (approx. 45 min.)
Exit Sanriku Expressway at the Tome-Towa or Tome interchange, to Tome (approx. 20 min.)