Kashima-Okuri and the Kijita-Kitazawa Kashima Shrine Festival
Location: Kijita, Jumonji-machi, Yokote City
Site(s) of performance: Kashima Shrine and other places in the community
Date(s): The day before Marine Day (a national holiday on the 3rd Monday of July)
Category: Taiko-Furyū and Matsuri-Bayashi
This ritual is performed at the annual festival of Kashima Shrine, where traditional dance music is played. The Kashima is a large straw Buddha statue that is placed on a chariot, goes around the community, and finally is consecrated at the shrine. It is performed for the peace and safety of the community.