This unique New Year’s ritual is performed only by women and has been passed down since the Edo period. It is performed in Nakazaki (Misaki, Miura) and the Hanagure district. They pray for maritime safety and a good catch, household wellness, and prosperity in business. Adult women sing a chorus while young women perform with hand fans and chakkirako, an ornament involving a loom rod on which a bell is attached. They perform six different dances in dedication to Kainan Shrine.
This event is designated as both a national important intangible folk cultural property and a UNESCO intangible cultural heritage.
A view of last year’s dedication
［Date］Held annually on January 15
〈Directions〉Take the Keikyu to Misakiguchi Station and board a Keikyu bus bound for Misaki Bay, disembarking at the Misaki Bay stop. Three minutes’ walk from there
［TEL］046-882-1160(Miura City Hall Education Division, Culture and Sports Group; weekdays 9:00 AM-5:00 PM)
The god of ritual, Shigeki Fujiwara, is a seedling of Amako roof no Mikoto. He was the fifth grandson of Kyushu Taisho Shoni Hirotsugu, and was accused of pursuing him because he was not responsible for the plot of Tomo no Yoshio, who was involved in the fight for succession to the throne. On the way to the Chikushi station, a storm was encountered and on November 1st, 6th year of Jōgan (864), three fathers and sons and fifty-three members of the Roh party landed here. After that, Mr. Kagura was appointed by the head of the land, settled the pirates of Boso, indoctrinate the local people, especially open the knowledge of the fishing industry, and made efforts for welfare such as laying the foundation of culture, so the respect of the local people In the 8th year of Sadakan (866), when the public died, the corpse was sunk in the sea and a shrine was erected on the Kagura coast to worship. Later, in the 5th year of Tengen (892), the shrine was built locally with the Hanagure shrine as the main shrine, and became the Soja of Miura Ichigun.
There are gifts such as amulets with tuna drawn and sushi lottery unique to Misaki.
[Access] From Keikyu Misakiguchi Station, take the Keikyu Bus bound for Misaki Port, get off at Misaki Port Bus Stop, and walk for 3 minutes.
Address4-12-11 Misaki, Miura City, Kanagawa Prefecture
Business HourYou can worship 24 hours a day. Prayer, amulets, red stamps, etc. are open all year round from 9:00 am to 17:00 pm
Parking AreaApproximately 5 cars (Because the precincts are small, please use a toll parking lot nearby as much as possible)
ReservePlease make a reservation for various prayers, official worship, etc.
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