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Nankosai (Tatamiyaburi)

Nankosai (Tatamiyaburi) Nagasaki (Jan.)

Nankosai is an odd ritual, in which men, naked from the waist up, become engrossed in ripping up tatami mats, and rub each other with the straw. It is held at Nanko Shrine, which is dedicated to the Kamakura era military commander Kusunoki Masashige and his son. The men are divided into two groups, one inside the hall of worship, and one outside. A tatami mat is placed between them and they clash with each other. It has been transmitted as a reconstruction of the Siege of Chihaya (1333), in which the army of Kusunoki, which consisted of only a few hundred men, confronted a government force of tens of thousands.


Nanko Jinja, Hachiman Jinja, Shirahama-machi, Isahaya City, Nagasaki

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By Train

Get off at JR Isahaya station, then take a bus from Isahaya Ekimae bus terminal, and get off at Shirahama bus stop. Approx. 5 min. walk.

By Car

Approx. 25 min. from the Isahaya interchange of the Nagasaki Expressway along National Route 207 heading for Konagai.

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