Project Description

Simotuki festival of Tohyama

Traditional winter festival which is said to continue from 800 years ago at tourist area “Toyamago” in southeastern part of Iida including “Shimoguri no Sato”.
Every middle of the night in December every year, people cheer up and perform a ritual till the next morning while people boil water in a big iron pot, elders gave solemn prayers, and residents dancing with putting on tengu and animals mask in the old shrine in the mountains. It was designated in 1979 by the Agency for Cultural Affairs as “national important intangible cultural asset”. Episodes that it has influenced the story of famous animation movie “Spirited Away” that won the American Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and the Golden Bear award for best film at the Berlin Film Festival are also widely known.

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