Oiso no Sagicho 大磯の左義長 Kanagawa (Jan.)
Oiso no Sagicho is a Dosojin（Travelers' guardian deity） fire matsuri. It is held in mid-January at a time called "Little New Year". Up until the day before the matsuri starts, straw cone-shaped bonfires called Saito are built on the beach using pine, bamboo and New Year decorations. On the day of the matsuri, the Saito are lit and people pray for good health throughout the coming year. An unusual ritual called Yanna-gokko is held, in which a group of semi-naked men divide into teams to play tug-of-war with the temporary shrine of the deity Seinokamisan. It is a nationally designated Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property.
Oiso-machi, Naka-gun, Kanagawa
Approx. 10 min. walk from Oiso station on the JR Tokaido line.
Approx. 3 min. from Oiso Port interchange of the Seisho Bypass of National Route 1.