Ichinoseki-shi/Daito Ohara Mizukake Matsuri 一関市・大東大原水かけ祭り Iwate (Feb.)
Ichinoseki Shi / Daito Ohara Mizukake Matsuri has a history of over 360 years. In February, in the depths of winter, semi-naked men dash along “Ohara Mizukake Matsuri Sen”, a city road approximately 500 m in length, while cold water is poured over them relentlessly. Because of this, the matsuri is known as an odd ritual. The anniversary of the 1657 Great Fire of Meireki is designated as an unlucky day, and the matsuri is said to have started for the purpose of praying for fire prevention and to publicize the dangers of fire.
Ohara Shopping Street environs, Ohara, Daito-cho, Ichinoseki City, Iwate
Approx. 10 min. by taxi from Surisawa station on the JR Ofunato line.
Approx. 50 min. from the Ichinoseki interchange of the Tohoku Expressway.