Omanto Takahama Festival

The Omanto Festival is a festival with horses and rituals for rain, fishing and good luck, showing courage and strength. The festival takes place annually in October in the Takahama City, Aichi Ken. It is a folklore festival and to pray to the sea god and the water god (Ryugu) for the harvest of the year.

Vigorous horses, with harness decorated with flowers and bells, symbolizing a mounted deity consecrated there. The horses run around the circle and the men and young people from 7 neighborhoods wearing happi and jikatabi party coats will try to grab the horse by the galloping neck at a speed of about 40 km around the circle. This amazing festival called Omanto is a folk festival that takes place every year at the Kasuga Shrine in Takahama City, Aichi Ken. This festival was originally banned for females, recently high school girls have become able to participate with ponies.

The festival is accompanied by a Charapoko-sounding float, the small taiko drum called Kojime is made of monkey skin with a unique, high-pitched sound.

Festival History

The history of the festival of Takahama It started around 1803 at the end of the Edo era. At the time, the festival seemed deeply involved in the rain rituals. Even today, on the first day of the festival, a ceremony is held to pray for the rain and fishing of Ryugu (God of sea and water). People and horses who participate in the festival are splashed with some seawater or salt to exorcise their evil spirits. This ceremony is called the Ryugu Festival. Black horses are sacred and dedicated to raining rituals, so the Omanto Festival has shown to be deeply involved in prayer for rain.

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Date: First Saturday and Sunday October (5 / 6 October 2019)

Open Hours: from 9: 00 to 17: 00hs.

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Second week of Omanto Festival

It is the most famous horse racing folklore event, and the second week of the festival is held at Yoshihama Shinmeisha Shrine, we also have the famous Arrowbows ritual that takes place only at this festival and the Mikomai dance.

Arrow bows

The arc event that started from 1976 is a rare event that can't be seen anywhere else. The arrow needs to be shot at the target in a different way. A long way of shooting with the bow and arrow is actually a ritual that takes about 40 minutes to make two shots.

Date: Second Saturday and Sunday October (12 / 13 October 2019)

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