Isobe no Omita is one of “Otaue Matsuri”, Rice-planting festival which has been handed down nationwide since ancient time and it takes place at the rice field of Izawanomiya, an auxiliary shrine of the inner shrine of Ise Grand Shrine.
The main event of the festival is the ritual to appreciate rice and pray for a good harvest by reproducing traditional style rice planting at rice field.
What makes Isobe no Omita unique is “Taketori” which is held before the rice planting. Men in two teams snatch “Gonbauchiwa”, a huge fan attached at the top end of a long bamboo stick, from each other in the muddy rice field.
It is believed to be started at late Heian period which is the last division of classical Japanese history, running from 794 to 1185.
Dates and functions are subject to change without notice. Be sure to check the latest information in advance.
Isobe-cho Town, Shima City, Mie Prefecture