Senami Taisai 瀬波大祭 Niigata (Sept.)
Senami Taisai is the regular matsuri of Senami Shrine, and celebrates the arrival of the shrine deity Ukemochi-no-kami in the region of Senami, after following the sea route from Tsuruga. Five floats called Oshagiri parade through the town for the whole day. When the fever of the youths reaches its peak at night, they line up on a slope in Senamihama-machi, and after singing the laborers’ song Kiyariuta, they race up the slope with the floats while beating gong drums.
Engishikinai Senami Jinja, Senami, Murakami City, Nigata
Approx. 30 min. walk from JR Murakami station on the Uetsu Main Line.
Approx. 10 min. from Murakami-Senamionsen interchange of the Nihonkai-Tohoku Expressway.