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BLINDFOLDED FEMALE SUMO WRESTLING (MASUE GORO INARI SHRINE)

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BLINDFOLDED FEMALE SUMO WRESTLING (MASUE GORO INARI SHRINE)

Every year on the Sunday closest to December 8, women dawn blindfolds and the mask of one of the Seven Shinto Gods of Good Fortune to take part in a devotional sumo wrestling match at Masue Goro Inari Shrine’s Fuigo Festival. This unique event in which women wearing white clothes stand on their knees, fumble for their opponent, and try to push her down has continually been held since just after World War Ⅱ.
It is said that the style of wrestling blind is a comparison to the difficulty of a life in which the future is uncertain. The “moves” employed by the wrestlers fumbling intently for an opponent they can’t see, and the changes the facial expressions of the masks take on with these moves draw laugher from the audience, who in turn get enormously fired up, cheering and clapping for the wrestlers!

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DATE
2017/12/10
ADDRESS
〒819-1613 575 Nijo Masue, Itoshima-shi, Fukuoka
AREA
Fukuoka prefecture
Fukuoka- city : Fukuoka prefecture
GENRE

Adventure and explore

History and heritage

Seasonal events

ACCESS
By train - About a 30 minute walk from JR Ikisan Station on the Chikuhi Line
INQUIRIES
Telephone Number:092-322-2098 
Itoshima City Office
HOURS OF OPERATION
The Sunday closest to December 8

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