Okitsuhime Jinja Taisai 奧津比咩神社大祭 Ishikawa (Aug.)
Okitsuhime Jinja Taisai is a matsuri of Motomiya, Okitsuhime Shrine on Hegurajima, a solitary island approximately 50 km off the coast of Wajima. The ritual in which the mikoshi (portable shrine) is taken into the water is the highlight. It originated in the legend which states that the goddess of Ama-machi and the male god of Wajima meet once a year, and a new god is born. Youths dressed as women hold the mikoshi and try to pull it out to sea, while children pull it the other way. It is said that the longer this pulling lasts, the better fish hauls will be.
Okitsuhime Jinja, Ama-machi, Wajima City, Ishikawa
Approx. 30 min by bus or taxi from Anamizu Station on the Noto Tetsudo.
Approx. 30 min from Noto Satoyama Airport interchange of the Noetsu Expressway.