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Chakkirako (Japanese: チャッキラコ) is a dance performed at a festival in Miura, Japan to celebrate the New Year and bring good fortune, especially in fishing.
In 2009, it has been inscribed in UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. In 1976, Japan’s government recognized this dance as an intangible cultural heritage to be protected.
Namahage Sedo Festival is the winter festival of Shinzan shrine in Oga city, Akita prefecture, held in the second weekend evenings in February, which is one of the “Michinoku (Tohoku area) five major festivals”. This festival started in 1964 as a mixed event of a Shinto ritual, “Saito Festival” and a folk event, “Namahage.” Namahages perform a powerful impressive dance and Japanese drum. The climax is Namahages’ climbing down the snow mountain.
In February, a dynamic festival called “Kokusekiji Somin-sai” is held, in which men pour cold water on themselves to pray for a plentiful harvest and to drive away ill-fortune. The men are divided into two groups, and they compete to grab the “Somin Bag,” which is supposed to bring good luck. There is a soba restaurant in front of the temple gate.