Kanmai Gyoji 神舞行事 Yamaguchi/Oita (Aug.)
Kanmai Gyoji has a history of over 1,000 years. The matsuri is held in two prefectures which are separated by the sea. Imi Betsugusha Shrine is located in Imi, Kunimi-machi, Kunisaki City, Oita Prefecture. The shrine deity, priest and local musicians are carried by boat to Iwaishima, Yamaguchi Prefecture. This isolated island is 49km away, and has a circumference of 12km. The island is the site of a joint ritual which is held to give thanks to the gods. The Shinto ritual of the ships arriving and departing is a thrilling sight created by the welcoming boat decorated with a large flag to indicate a large fish haul, and rowing boats.
Kaminoseki-cho, Kumage-gun, Yamaguchi
Kunisaki City, Oita
Access to Imi Betsugusha
Approx. 40 min. by car from JR Usa station (heading for Oita Airport on National Route 213).
Approx. 40 min. to Shimobaru on Oita Airport Road (via National Route 213).