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Yaya Festival

A tradition held on the 14th–16th days of the lunar New Year that is known nationally as an unusual Tohoku festival.

In the severe cold of mid January, this unusual ritual takes place at Chigawara Hachiman Shrine. Boys aged 5–14 pour buckets of cold water over their heads numerous times. Tubs of water are prepared the night before. This festival is held to pray for easy childbirth, sound health, and physical strength.

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Tourist site details

Yaya Festival
Sunday closest to January 15th each year
359-1 Maeno, Chigawara-aza, Shonai Town, Higashitagawa-gun, Yamagata Prefecture
Contact information
Shonai Town Tourism Association
Telephone no.

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The following Yaya Festival is also recommended.

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