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【2024】Introducing the namiosamukaasajinja ooshimamachi! Mystical shrine lights illuminate the night

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Mystical shrine lights illuminate the night

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Basic Information

Hajikama Shrine is a Shinto shrine located in Izu Oshima, Tokyo, Japan. It is one of the three former郷社 (郷社, village shrines) on the island, along with Ōmiya Shrine in Nomugi and Habu Hime Shrine in Habu.

  • Address: 48 Izutsu, Oshima-machi, Tokyo 100-0103
  • Phone Number: 04992-2-1453
  • Access: Take the Izu Oshima Island Loop Road from Motomachi Port and turn right at the intersection near the T椿トンネル bus stop. The shrine is a 10-minute walk from there.
  • Festival Days: January 24th, 2024 (Reiwa 6)
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Main Events and Attractions of the Festival

The Hajikama Shrine Festival is a traditional Japanese festival held annually on January 24th. The festival is dedicated to the shrine’s deity, 波知治命 (Hajichi no Mikoto), and features a variety of events and attractions, including:

Mikoshi Procession

A highlight of the festival is the mikoshi procession, in which a portable shrine is carried through the streets of Izu Oshima. The mikoshi is decorated with colorful tapestries and carried by a team of people, who chant and dance as they make their way through the town.

Kagura Performance

Kagura is a traditional Japanese dance and music performance that is often performed at Shinto shrines. During the Hajikama Shrine Festival, kagura is performed by local dancers and musicians, who tell stories from Japanese mythology and folklore.

Bonfire

A large bonfire is lit in the evening on the grounds of the shrine. People gather around the bonfire to warm themselves and enjoy food and drinks. The bonfire is also said to have the power to ward off evil spirits.

Food and Games

There are also a variety of food and game stalls set up at the festival. Visitors can enjoy traditional Japanese festival foods such as takoyaki, yakisoba, and cotton candy. There are also games such as ring toss and goldfish scooping for children to enjoy.

Blessings and Deities

Hajikama Shrine is dedicated to the deity 波知治命 (Hajichi no Mikoto), who is said to be the son of the god Izanagi and the goddess Izanami. Hajichi no Mikoto is revered as a god of agriculture, fishing, and navigation, and is also said to protect against evil spirits.

  • Deity: 波知治命 (Hajichi no Mikoto)
  • Blessings: Agriculture, fishing, navigation, protection against evil spirits

Origin and History

The origins of Hajikama Shrine are unknown, but it is believed to have been founded during the Kamakura period (1185-1333). The shrine was originally located in a different part of Izu Oshima, but it was moved to its current location in the 16th century.

  • Founded: Kamakura period (1185-1333)
  • Original location: Different part of Izu Oshima
  • Current location: Moved in the 16th century

Tips and Notes for Visitors

Here are some tips and notes for visitors to the Hajikama Shrine Festival:

  • The festival is held on January 24th every year.
  • The festival features a variety of events and attractions, including a mikoshi procession, kagura performance, bonfire, and food and games.
  • The festival is a popular event, so it is advisable to arrive early to avoid crowds.
  • There is a parking lot near the shrine, but it is limited. It is recommended to use public transportation or park in a nearby parking lot and walk to the shrine.

Parking Information

There is a parking lot near Hajikama Shrine, but it is limited. It is recommended to use public transportation or park in a nearby parking lot and walk to the shrine.

  • Parking lot: Limited parking available near the shrine
  • Recommendation: Use public transportation or park in a nearby parking lot and walk to the shrine

Popular Stalls and Food Carts in Recent Years

 

Type of StallDescription
TakoyakiA staple at Japanese festivals. Characterized by a crispy outside and a creamy inside.
Jaga ButterA simple yet popular snack of hot potatoes lavishly topped with melted butter.
Baby CastellaSmall castella cakes, sweet and fluffy treats enjoyed by children and adults alike.
Grilled Ayu with SaltFresh ayu fish grilled whole with salt, a savory taste of Japanese summer.
ShaapinA unique gourmet item influenced by foreign cuisine, with a chewy skin wrapping the filling.
OkonomiyakiA Japanese grilled dish where you often choose your own ingredients for a personalized flavor.
Cotton CandyA fluffy, sweet snack that’s extremely popular with children.
Chocolate BananaA banana coated in chocolate, a fun and visually appealing dessert.
KushiyakiVarious types of ingredients skewered and grilled, an easy-to-enjoy snack.
YakisobaFried noodles mixed with a special sauce, a fast food favorite in Japan.