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Pseudonym reading Oh Harami Mizukake Festival
Specified type Prefecture designation
Type Intangible folk cultural property
Designated date April 7, 2017
Specified details
location Ichinoseki City Daitocho Ohara
Holding group Ichinoseki City · Daito Ohara water over festival preservation society
Management organization
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The cultural property is an annual event held annually on the 18th lunar year on New Year's Day in Daito-cho, Ichinoseki City, following a banner with a flag marked "Fire Defense Prayer" and receiving a prayer for evil spirits. Naked evil men with cotton belly wraps and boys known as politicians are able to pour water from people along the road as they run through the city, offering firefighting prayers and accompaniment.
Although the exact documents to be the origin are not left, it started at Edo Castle and the great fire of the lighting calendar when the town of Edo became extinct (March 3 years = 18th January 1657), and Manji It is reported that it started on the Chinese New Year 18 of the first year (1658), and the flag inscription of the above-mentioned six years of culture (1823) is transmitted as the existing data indicating the age. In addition, from the viewpoint of the continuation of the festival, the event date has been shifted from January 18 to February 11 of the lunar new year after 1972.
At the festival, it is important to have the presence of a "follower" following the naked men who are evil men. "Jasean" has a role of acting for a woman who can not participate in the festival, and is considered to be the same quality as a visiting god just like Kaseodori who walks on each house during the New Year's Day and walks with a whale etc. The vicious men who finished running also visit the house of the evil year at night, and it can be read from food and alcohol being served.
From these things, the said cultural property conveys not only the elements of fire prayer and evil spirits, but also the character as a lunar New Year event, and regional features are rich and valuable. In addition, it is a festival rare in the whole country in that it sublimes as a festival to put water on.