Yobuko Otsunahiki

(呼子大綱引)

Karatsu City, Saga Pref.

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About the festival

The festival traditionally began when Toyotomi Hideyoshi who conquered Japan made his army men pull the marine boats with ropes to boost soldiers' morale. 
The festival is held spanning two days; kids' tug-of-war on the first Saturday of July, and the adults' on the following Sunday.
The town's residents split into hill-team and the beach-team, pulling at a 15cm thick and 20m long rope at the cue given by a gong and a flaming arrow. It is said that if the hill-team wins there will be good harvest, and if the beach-team wins there will be a good catch of fish.

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Things to do

1. The gigantic "mito" is a must see!

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At the middle of the long rope is a big oval "mito" (the center piece of hunting net) made with straw wrapped in straw bags and then tied up using rope. From early in the morning on the first day the townsmen craft this large mito. The battle to pull the mito to win is a thrilling show to watch.

2. Enjoy the many different happi!

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Young men known as wakashu pull the rope, wearing happi representing the areas they live. It's fun to look at the different designs from each area. 

Information (基本情報)

  • Festival Dates June 3rd (Sat) & 4th (Sun), 2017
    Held annually on the first Saturday of June, and the Sunday the day after
  • Place June 4th (Sat), 2016 In front of Karatsu City Office Yobuko Residents Center
    5th (Sun), In front of Sanjinja shrine, Yobuko town, Karatsu City
  • General Participation Available
  • International Reception and Info. Not available
  • Restrooms Available
  • Other useful Info. No changing rooms available
  • SNS

    https://www.facebook.com/yobuko.yobuko/

  • Contact Yobuko Otsunahiki Promotion Committee
    0955-53-7165

Rules & Manners(参加のルール&マナー)

It may get dangerous near the middle of the rope (mito). Please watch from a distance.

Access Map (アクセスと地図)

Accessing Karatsu City

[nearest station]
Karatsu Station (JR Chikuhi Line)

Festival Location
Yobuko Otsunahiki street
Yobuko, Yobuko-cho, Karatsu City
30 min by bus from Karatsu station 
nearest bus stop; Yobuko Hacchakujo
Showa bus line
5 min walk from the bus stop

AREA SIGHT

立春の前日は「節分」といって、二十四節気による旧年から新年への変わり目であることから重視されており、日本全国各地の神社仏閣等で豆まきが行われる。地元では“おせんげんさん”と呼ばれ多くの人から親しまれている静岡浅間神社の節分祭は、静岡市指定の無形民俗文化財であり、古き歴史を有し、さらに特殊神事として今に伝承されている。豆まきを体験できるのはもちろんのこと、おにやら棒で戸板を叩き、市中より悪鬼を追いはらう特殊神事が体験できる。

Emiko Izawa
Writer