The annual festival of the Kumano Nachi Taisha Shrine performed on July 13 or 14 every year. Although generally called “Nachi no Hi Matsurhi”, but it is formally called “Ogi Eshiki Reisai” (Fan ceremonies annual festival) or “Ogi Matsuri” (Fan Festival).
It was designated as the significant intangible folk cultural asset of the country as “Nachi no Ogi Matsuri” in 2015.
The flame of the large torch is heroic and dances boisterously in front of Nachi’s waterfall which is said the best in Japan, it is famous as “Nachi no Hi Matsurhi” attracting tourists. It is a shrine ritual which purifies a fan mikoshi with a large torch and welcoming God. There is togyo (a Shinto ritual where a portable shrine parades to pray for happiness of people lining the path of the parade) of a mikoshi and the state that a blazing large torch lets flame splash is heroic. The dengaku dance dedicated prior to the departure of the miniature shrine is one of the highlight.
The 12 gods of Kumano are moved to the 12 fan mikoshi of 6 meters high mimicking the figure of the waterfall, and welcoming with 12 large torches on the approach of a waterfall, and being purified with the flame is “Nachi no Hi Matsurhi”
The weight of the large torch used in this shinto rituals is approximately 50 kg.
“Yamato Mai Dance” is dedicated from 11:00 a.m. and “Nachi Dengaku Dance” designated as the significant intangible folk cultural asset of the country is dedicated Ffom 11:30 a.m in the precincts of Nachi Taisha Shrine.
The ignition to a large torch becoming climactic is carried out from 2:00 p.m.
“Nachi no Ogi Matsuri” is an act of God to return to a waterfall of Nachi, where originally Gods dedicated, to the Kumano Nachi Taisha Shrine were enshrined.
|Name:||Nachi no Ogi Matsuri|
|Address:||Nachisan 1 Higashimurogun Nachikatsuuracho, Wakayama 649-5301 Japan|
|Access:||JR Kisei-honsen Line “Kii Katsuura-eki Station” (30 minutes by bus)|
|Tel:||(+81)735-55-0321 (Kumano Nachi Taisha Shrine)|