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Shimonoseki Kaikyo Festival - Senteisai (memorial ceremony for Emperor Antoku)しものせき海峡まつり 先帝祭


A ceremony conducted as part of the Shimonoseki Kaikyo Festival by Akama-jingu Shrine memorializing the Taira clan and young Emperor Antoku, who, after being defeated in the Battle of Dan-no-ura, perished by drowning in the sea. The highlight of the event is the Joro Dochu, a grand procession in which performers wearing extravagant traditional costumes parade into Akama-jingu Shrine while performing the soto-hachimonji, a complex and elegant style of walking that is practically a dance. This magnificent sight is sure to captivate. The tradition of the procession is derived from the Taira clan court ladies who survived the battle-every year thereafter, they continued to dress in their best finery and pay homage to the fallen Emperor at the shrine on the date of his death.

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place Yamaguchi Pref. Shimonosekishi Amidaijichou
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Yamaguchi Pref. Shimonosekishi Amidaijichou [map]



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Heading west along Japan’s largest island, Honshu, the very last prefecture you’ll reach is Yamaguchi, separated from Kyushu by a small strip of water known as the Kanmon Straits, which the far-reaching harbor city Shimonoseki looks over. With water at every turn, the seafood of Yamaguchi is an indisputable highlight, and we’re not talking just the usual fish dishes—the notorious fugu, or puffer fish, is a Japanese delicacy that was discovered in Yamaguchi prefecture, making it the best place to try it out.

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