Mushi okuri

From around 300 years ago, Syodoshima has been passing down the tradition of a traditional rite of the extermination of pests, known as “the sending away of bugs”.

Hitoyama area DATE 2015.7.2 (Thu)

Nakayama area DATE 2015.7.4 (Sat)

The purpose of the event is for the extermination of harmful insects and prayer for that year’s farming.

This ceremony also appeared in the film “The Cicada of the Eighth Day”. The beauty of these moun-tainous regions, Hitoyama and Nakayama, are even spoken of now. In the festival, children hold torches called “Hote” over their heads while walking down foot-paths between the rice fields.