Local residents of Shimoyoshida have always felt an affinity with Omuro Sengen-jinja Shrine, nestled in the center of town, affectionately calling it “Shimosengen” since ancient times. From more than 800 years ago, a festival called Tsutsukayusai has been held every year on January 14 and 15 to prophesy whether the harvest for the year will be rich or poor, and whether the number of ascetics visiting Mount Fuji will increase or decrease. The Yabusame-matsuri horseback archery festival held on September 18 and 19 as the largest festival in the Shimoyoshida district, is also a unique religious ritual in which horse hoofprints are used for fortune-telling. One of the salient characteristics of the Yabusame-matsuri in this region is the fabric that is worn in the festival, woven in Shimoyoshida.


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