Ko Hachimangu Reitaisai 鴻八幡宮例大祭 Okayama (Oct.)
In the Ko Hachimangu Reitaisai, 18 floats and 1 drum float enter the shrine grounds and are pulled up the steep shrine approach (approx. 70 m), by 200 – 400 parishioners in a thrilling spectacle. The matsuri musical accompaniment, known as Shagiri, has a history of around 200 years, and is an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property of Okayama Prefecture. Shagiri comprises 7 tunes played on 5 instruments – the bamboo flute, long trunk drum, tight drum, hand drum and bell, and creates a lively atmosphere at the matsuri.
Ko Hachimangu, Kojimashimono-cho, Kurashiki City, Okayama
From JR Kojima Station on the Seto-Ohashi Line take Shimoden Bus, Ojigatake line to Horie. Approx. 3 min. walk.
From the Kojima interchange of the Seto-Chuo Expressway, take National Route 430 for approx. 20 min.