Rediscover Fukushima

Last weekend I visited the Soma Nomaoi Festival. This 3-day festival takes place during the last weekend of July every year, and is centered around 3 main shrines in Minami Soma and Soma.

Soma nomaoi procession street fukushima festival (4)

It is thought that the festival has its roots in a local tradition from the 10th century, when horses were chased and tamed as part of military exercises secretly held by the city’s samurai warriors.

How amazing is it to go to a festival which has been happening in one form or another for 1000 years?!

Those who take part in the festival are people from samurai or noble families, many of whom have received armour passed down from their ancestors.

Soma nomaoi procession street fukushima festival (3)

There are quite a lot of websites with the details of the festival, but I’ll briefly about the festival’s schedule during this post!

On the first day, A ceremonial opening act called a ‘Departure Ceremony’ is…

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