Nada no Kenka Matsuri,
Nada Quarrelling Festival (Nada no Kenka Matsuri)
is dedicated to the Matsubara Hachiman Shrine. During this fighting
festival sacred palanquins (yatai) are forced to collide violently with
each other. It is believed that the harder the floats crash, the more
the gods are pleased. A
good catch of fish and a good harvest are assured for the area which
wins the fight.
journey of the float begins
the village streets to the Hachiman Shrine for a blessing from the
Shinto priest (kannushi) who tosses purifying salt over the team and its
charged with a large amount of sake and beer. Even the most
straight-laced wife overlook her husbandfs drinking during this
festival and the men of the villages know all about the whole year wait
for this. Now they
The festival is said to derive from a legend of Empress Jingufs (169-269) military expedition into the three Korean Kingdoms. The clashing and grinding actions of the festival floats mimic those the sailors used to dislodge offensive crustaceans from their ships' hulls. The fighting also originates from times when different districts competed to get their mikoshi back to the home shrine first.