Tradition/Culture

Nishiki
Nishiki

City designated intangible folk cultural property

Matsuba / Aiuchi's Naked Visit

松葉・相内の裸参り

In May 1890, a large fire lost 14 houses in both Matsuba and Aiuchi villages (there were 15 houses in Matsuba at that time), and it finally calmed down in the evening. In order to protect the village from repeated disasters that caused a fire again this year, he prayed for no fire at Kompira-gu Shrine in Shikoku, and returned to the village after receiving a room and bill in the shape of Kompira-gu Shrine. In the village, a shrine was built on Mt. Asahi in the center of the area, and every year on January 10th of the lunar calendar, a fire-free prayer is held naked.

Young people who have been cleansed in the clear stream of the Hinokinai River wear straw-knitted "Kendai" (waist) on their waists, wear straw socks in white socks, and bravely run through the village. Received "Torsion Hatsuko" and "Candle" from the actors in the four corners on the way, rushed up to Mt. Asahi, prayed for no fire at Kinpiragu, and when the prayer was over, received miki sake and said "Kendai" on the waist. Tie the waraji with the knot to the sacred tree and go down the mountain.
At the on-duty inn where the young people have returned, we will light up the inner god and report that we have successfully completed our prayers. After that, a direct meeting will be held.
A house where you can participate in a naked visit is a house that does not take a year to "dislike". Also, homes with girls who are pregnant or have a baby are excluded.

Detailed Information

Street address
Matsuba, Nishikicho Hinokinai, Semboku City, Akita Prefecture
Street address(Japanese)
秋田県仙北市西木町桧木内字松葉
Getting Around

Take the Akita Nairiku Line from JR Kakunodate Station, get off at Matsuba Station, and walk for 5 minutes (about 30 minutes)

Street address Matsuba, Nishikicho Hinokinai, Semboku City, Akita Prefecture
Street address(Japanese) 秋田県仙北市西木町桧木内字松葉
Getting Around

Take the Akita Nairiku Line from JR Kakunodate Station, get off at Matsuba Station, and walk for 5 minutes (about 30 minutes)