- "Kaihisai" Omito Festival of Tsushima Shrine
Tsushima-City "Kaihisai" Omito Festival of Tsushima Shrine
Date : 03/17/2018
The Kaihisai Festival (Omito) is an important ritual with over 700 years of tradition at the famous Owari Tsushima Shrine. At around 7:30 in the evening, two massive straw torches measuring about 1,5m of diameter and over 10 meters in length are lit up creating a great flame. This burning object is carried in the shoulders of the parishioners and brought abruptly inside the shrine's grounds, where it is rolled and undone, the straw spread in the ground while still burning. The faithful spectators will then dispute among themselves to gather some of the straw - taking care to burn it a little - now believed to serve as amulets to ward off lightning bolts, crop parasites and, believe it or not, toothaches!