One “waraji” or straw sandal with a length of 12 meters and a weight of 2 tons, which fits a foot of the Deva king, is offered at the Akatsuki Matsuri every February to Haguro Jinja Shrine on Mt. Shinobuyama in Fukushima. Another waraji is offered at the Waraji Festival held in August while people pray for strong walking and safe traveling, and recently for the welfare of their families and good business. Along with the offering ritual, large waraji parade, reggae-like waraji dance, hip-hop dancing “soda” night, and waraji race liven up the festival.
≪Website of Fukushima Waraji Festival≫
Details of more events are available.
≪Tohoku Recovery Calendar – Waraji Festival, a special attraction of summer in Fukushima resumes!≫
Check out how it was in last year.
≪Shinobuyama Akatsuki Festival≫
Those who are interested in this year’s festival, visit the following site.