Osu Hachiman Jinja Shunki Reitaisai 大須八幡神社春季例大祭 Miyagi (Apr.)
In the Osu Hachiman Jinja Shunki Reitaisai, a mikoshi (shrine float) procession to pray for safety at sea and large fish hauls is held, and Ogatsuhoin Kagura is performed. After parading around the town accompanied by chants of "Cho-sai, yo-sai" and drum and flute music, the mikoshi enters the water from the quay, and proceeds in a powerful manner. Shaking the mikoshi roughly vertically and horizontally is said to please the deity, and salt and seawater is believed to have purifying properties, which expel impurities. Ogatsuhoin Kagura is a nationally designated Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property.
Osu Hachiman Jinja, Osu, Ogatsu-cho, Ishinomaki City, Miyagi
Approx. 90 min. by taxi from Ishinomaki station on JR Senseki line.
Approx. 90 min. from the Kahoku interchange on the Sanriku Expressway, along Prefectural Route 30, National Route 398, then Prefectural Route 238.