A 1000-year-old tradition festival ・・・
Soma-Nomaoi is a festival of Fukusima prefecture. It was held by three shrines of Soma city.
1. Hibarigahara (Soma City)
2. Oota shrine (South-Soma City)
3. Odaka shrine (South-Soma City)
Intangible Culture Property
The three of shinji are specified Intangible Culture Property by Japanese government.
・Address： Nomakake road 野馬追通り 小川橋～雲雀ヶ原祭場地
・Distance： 3km about 500 horses
2.Armed Horse Race
3.Sacred Flag Competion
The summer festival of Tohoku
This festival is earlier than other festival of Tohoku.
It is hold in the last of Saturday, Sunday, Monday of July, every year.
This festival is hold is Sunday.
Origin of Soma-Nomaoi
Before Kamakura shogunate came into power, it is said that the Taira no Masakado, the ancestor of Soma, began a type of military training in which wild horses were used as mock-ups for enemy forces.
After Kamakura shogunate came into power, all military exercises of this sort were forbidden,but Soma-Nomaoi was permitted on grounds of it being a sacred ritual, and it is in this form the festival continues to this day.
In 1868, Nakamura clan failed the Boshin War. And in 1872, the all wild horses were hunted. So the Soma-Nomaoi also disappeared.
But in 1878, Soma-Nomaoi was permitted to revival by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.
Appearance of Samurai Riding on Horse
The Samurai, riding the horses come form each towns.
Please reading the detail in the HP.
Soma-Nomaoi Committee HP
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