Gongan Shinji (Takewari Matsuri) 御願神事(竹割まつり) Ishikawa (Feb.)
Gongan Shinji is also known as Takewari Matsuri. It began in 676 during the reign of Emperor Tenmu so that martial arts would not be neglected in times of peace. Youths, dressed in white costumes, carry over 400 bamboo poles with a length of approximately 2 m into the shrine grounds, where they beat them on the stone steps and paving to break them. They then take a long rope 20 m in length, with a diameter of 30 cm and a weight of 180 kg from the hall of worship. This rope, which is considered to be a large serpent, is dragged around and then thrown into the river.
Sugo Isobe Jinja, Daishoji Shikiji, Kaga City, Ishikawa
Get off at Kagaonsen station, JR Hokuriku line, then take a taxi for approx. 6 min. Get off at Daishoji Station, JR Hokuriku line, then take a taxi for approx. 6 min.
From Kaga interchange of the Hokuriku Expressway, take National Route 8 for approx. 10 min. From Katayamazu interchange of the Hokuriku Expressway, take prefectural Route 20 for approx. 13 min.