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Yagorodon Festival (弥五郎どんまつり)


A traditional festival which has been conducted at Iwakawahachiman-jinja Shrine in Osumi for some 900 years. Together with the Buddha Festival and the Ohara Festival, the Yagorodon Festival is considered one of Kagoshima Prefecture's three greatest festivals. Yagorodon was a huge man said to be as big as a mountain. There are many other legends concerning the man, such as that he he was the chief of the Hayato people, or that he was in fact the legendary hero Takenouchi no Sukune, but there is little clear information about him. During the festival, a 4.85 meter figure of Yagorodon wrapped in a 25 tan crimson robe wearing a four meter long sword and three meter short sword at his hip is pulled through the streets of the city by a large number of people, creating a thrilling spectacle that attracts great numbers of onlookers each year.


Kagoshima Pref. Soshi Osumichouiwagawa (Osumi PeninsulaArea)

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Kagoshima Pref. Soshi Osumichouiwagawa [map]
Osumi PeninsulaArea
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          Over 100 active volcanoes across Kagoshima make it one of the Japan's most exciting prefectures. The prefectural capital, Kagoshima city, looks out to one of the prefecture's most spectacular volcanoes, Sakurajima, an island of its own that can be visited and seen close up or admired from afar, with the promise of breathtaking sunsets complete with frequent puffs of smoke and ash. Down the Satsuma Peninsula, the most southerly part of mainland Japan, waterfalls, sand onsen, and fascinating history await, while Kagoshima's abundance of satsuma imo (sweet potato) provide a wholesome snack as well as one of Japan's favourite drinks - shochu.