Akina no Arasetsu Gyoji (Shochogama/Hirase Mankai) 秋名のアラセツ行事（ショチョガマ・平瀬マンカイ） Kagoshima (Sept.)
Shochogama is a ritual in which a thatched hut, built in the mountains, is shaken to the ground on Arasetsu, the first Hinoe day of the 8th month of the old calendar. In the Hirase Mankai, the Noro (priestesses) go onto the rocks at the coast and sing to summon the deity. After these two matsuri, the grand Hachi gatsu (8th month) odori dance is held in the village square, and is a symbol of the uniqueness of Amami culture. (It is a nationally designated intangible folk cultural property.)
Akina, Tatsugo-cho, Oshima-gun, Kagoshima
Approx. 45 min. by car (rental car or taxi) from Amami Airport.
Approx. 30 min. by car (rental car or taxi) from Naze Port