Omanto Festival (Omanto Matsuri) - Takahama-City
Date : 10/03/2020, 10/04/2020
The 2020 Omanto Festival has been cancelled.
A Thrilling Demonstration of Courage, Strength and Faith!
Vigorous horses bearing strikingly decorated harnesses with flowers and bells, symbolizing a mounted deity therein enshrined, dash around the circular baba (馬場, horse paddock) enclosed with wooden logs. Then, young and brave men wearing happi festive coats and jikatabi (地下足袋, a kind of rubber-soled socks that is split-toed) will run in an attempt to grab the equine, thus becoming one with the beast and catching the good fortune riding on it. This amazing event is the Omanto Festival (おまんと祭り Omanto Matsuri) of Kasuga Shrine, in Takahama-City, nationwide the most famous horse-themed celebratory event among all the several similarly horse-themed ones of Chita District, Takahama area and other towns along the coast of Chita Bay.