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Shimane and the World
The Four Seasons
Location, Climate, Population
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January
1-3
New Year's Shrine Visits
1-3
Takuno Children's Kagura Dance (Oda)
3
Kitcho-san and Bannai Festival (Izumo)
Old 5th day of the New Year
Mekari Shinji Shinto Ritual (Izumo)
7
Nanakusa Gayu (rice gruel eaten on the
7th day of the New Year)
15
Imazu no Tondo (Okinoshima)
July
14
"Horan-e" Festival (Gotsu)
20
Kisuki Summer Festival (Unnan)
20-27
Sagimai (heron dance) (Tsuwano)
21
Hirose Gion Festival (Yasugi)
28-29 (every even year)
Yurahime Shrine Grand Festival (NishinoShima)
Late July
Tamatsukuri Hot Spring Festival (Matsue)
February
3
Setsubunsai Spring Festival
1st Sunday
Aika no Omochi-san Festival (Matsue)
August
6
Daito Tanabata Festival (Unnan)
1st Sat & Sun
Matsue Suigosai (Matsue)
1st Sat & Sun
Tenryo-san Dance Festival (Oda)
1st Sunday
Hamakko Summer Festival (Hamada)
1st Sunday
Go River Adventure Race (Kawamoto)
12
Izumo Orochi Summer Festival and Fireworks Display (Izumo)
13-15
Bon Summer Festival
15-16
Go-en Festival (Izumo)
15-17
Yasugi-bushi National Song Tournament (Yasugi)
16
Sharabune Ship Send-off (NishinoShima)
24-25
Minari Atago Festival (Okuizumo)
28
Iya Shrine Hokake Festival(Higashiizumo)
March
3
Hina Matsuri (Doll Festival)
Vernal Equinox and the following day
Vernal Equinoctial Markets (Oda)
Late March - Early April
Kisuki Cherry Blossom Festival (Unnan)
September
1
Hassaku Bull-fighting Tournament (Okinoshima)
1
Kakinomoto Shrine Hassakusai Festival (Masuda)
12-13
Hirata Yakushi Grand Festival (Okinoshima)
24
Sada Shrine Gozagae Shinji Shinto Ritual (Matsue)
April
1-15
Matsue Castle Festival (Matsue)
7
Aofushigaki Shinji Shinto Ritual (Matsue)
15
Mineji Himatsuri Fire Festival (Unnan)
2nd Sunday
Masuda Festival (Masuda)
2nd Sunday
Yabusame (horseback archery) Shinji Shinto Ritual (Tsuwano)
21
Oki Kokubunji Temple Renge Dance (Okinoshima)
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Iwami Kagura
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Oki Kokubunji Temple Renge Dance
October
13

Ichiyagadake Bull-fighting Tournament (Okinoshima)
15
Kumano Shrine Sankasai Fire Festival (Matsue)
4th Sat
Inyo Kagura Performance (Onan)
11-17 (old lunar calendar)
Izumo Taisha Kamiari ("Month with the Gods") Festival (Izumo)
May
3
Otometoge Catholic Outdoor Mass (Tsuwano)
3 (every even year)
Mizuwakasu Shrine Grand Festival (Okinoshima)
3
Koyasu Kannon Festival (Unnan)
3-5
Misumi no Tsutsuji Azalea Festival (Hamada)
5
Tango no Sekku Boys' Festival
5
Enko Festival (Gotsu)
5
Gakuenji Benkei Festival (Okinoshima)
15
Taikodani Inari Shrine Grand Spring Festival (Tsuwano)
21-22
Jinohi "Next Day" Festival (Onan)
November
3
Matsue Do-gyoretsu Drum Parade (Matsue)
2nd Sun
Nichihara Tenmangu Annual Festival (Tsuwano)
15
Himo Otoshi (celebration of children's growth)
22-23
Izumo Taisha Harvest Festival (Izumo)
3rd Sun
Kamoyama Kagokaki Festival (Misato)
June
5

Tamawakasu Mikoto Shrine "Soul" Festival (Okinoshima)
1st Sunday
Asahi Hot Spring Fureai Festival (Hamada)
3rd Saturday
Hotaru (firefly) Festival (Onan)
Closest Saturday to the 25th
Nichihara Hotaru (firefly) Festival (Tsuwano)
  December
3
Morotabune Shinto Festival (Matsue)
1st Sat & Sun
Manzairaku Festival (Yoshika)
31
Omisoka (New Year's Eve)

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