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Yaya Matsuri

The Yaya Matsuri, held in Owase, Japan, during the first five days in February, features mikoshi (portable shrines) carried through the streets by groups of young men who meet and deliberately crash into each other. The festival takes its name from their shouts—"Yaya! Yaya!"—as they run into one another. Several special events, including dances, are held during the five-day festival. On the last night, there is a ceremony at the Owase Shrine to determine who will participate in the festival the next year. More...
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History of やや祭り Yaya Matsuri - Originated from 1549 in which Owase Jinja was part of another jinja. At the same time, Owase was an warriors' concentration where many battles took place. So, one of the feudal lords or his wife decided that the samurai should show their fighting spirit without more sacrificial of lives and mould this Matsuri where his men should participate in a friendly pushing competition without their katanas. This also helped to strengthen the physical fitness of the guys.

Yaya Matsuri Duration: From 1st to 5th Feb
Day: 1st day of the Matsuri - 1st Feb
Time: 12midnight.
Venue: 尾鷲神社 (Owase Jinja)
Temp: 1 degree celsius that was not helped by the roaring wind

The first ceremony of the Yaya Matsuri - The "Door Opening" Ceremony. This was the ceremony during which the doors of the Gods are open for them to enjoy the few days of celebrations ahead.

Many, many lanterns were seen during the ceremony , there are a total of 20 (町)old towns or street in Owase and as such, there are a total of 20 different prints on the lanterns. Every year, during Yaya Matsuri, 3 streets will be chosen in which they will become the strongholds for the neighbouring streets. These 3 strongholds will then "battle" against each other during this Matsuri.
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