Mamada no Jagamaita 間々田のジャガマイタ Tochigi (May)
Mamada no Jyagamaita is an unusual matsuri which is one of the most prominent in the Kanto region for praying for rain, bumper crop harvests and protection from plague before the rice planting season. The main participants of the matsuri are children. Seven giant 15 m long serpents with dragon heads are made of bamboo and straw by each residents association, and are carried through the town in a procession to the chants of “jyagamaita jyagamaita”. It is said that the chant changes in meaning between "the serpent is rolled up" and "the serpent is beaten", as both phrases are pronounced similar in Japanese.
Mamada Hachimangu, Mamada, Oyama City, Tochigi
Get off at Mamada station, Utsunomiya line, and walk for approx. 20 min.
From Mamada station West Exit, take the Oyama City community bus Mamada line bound for Oyama Eki Nishiguchi for approx. 5 min., and get off at Mamada Yon Chome Kominkan. Walk for approx. 5 min.
From Sano-Fujioka interchange on the Tohoku Expressway, take National Route 50 and National Route 4 for approx. 30 min.