Tue, Jan
14

Shittenoji Doyadoya Festival

2:00pm – 6:00pm
Free

Celebrating the end of a 14 day period of worship after new year, this festival sees dozens of loincloth-clad men/boys being doused in very cold water as they compete for banknotes in teams. The competitors are made up of students from local high-schools which have a historic connection with the temple. They shout doya-doya as they are soaked and the atmosphere is very energetic with a highly competitive edge. You can watch from the temple grounds, but crowds gather early, so be there in the morning to get a good spot.

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