01.18-01.19 Daikoku Matsuri – だいこく祭 2020

Kanda Myojin Shrine Daikoku Matsuri - だいこく祭

This matsuri is probably one of the more bizarre Japanese festivals, when almost naked men (women can also participate, but wear a yukata) cleanse themselves with ice cold water while being cheered up.

The cleansing happens on Saturday in the morning (be there around 10am), whereas on Sunday you will see the hocho-shiki, which is a tradition in Japanese cuisine hailing from the Heian period and is a ceremonial slicing of a big carp fish by masters in the art.

神田明神の恒例行事。毎年新成人を中心に高校生から七十歳、さらに外国の方々も参加。厳寒の中、男性はふんどし、女性は白装束をまとい、大きな氷柱が入った禊場の中で冷水を浴び身を清める行事です。
※当日の参加はできません。

寒中禊 18日(土)10:00~
四條流庖丁儀式 19日(日)12:00~

Organizer and contact (Japanese): https://www.kandamyoujin.or.jp/

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