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Shimane has a variety of cultural, ritual and unique events. Find out what's happening in Shimane and get yourself involved. Here is the annual calendar for major events in Shimane.

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Kiccho Shinji
Ritual festival around Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine to celebrate New Year

(January 3rd every year : East area)

Mononobe Jinja Shrine Busha-sai (archery)
Ritual archery of exorcism held at the shrine known for luck in battles and for victory

(January 7th every year : Central area)

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Imazu Tondo Festival
Festival to burn ornaments for New Year’s Day with hope of good health in the coming year

(January 15th every year : Islands area)

February
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grillMatsue “Dan-Dan” Food Festival
Snow crab, soba buckwheat noodle, shijimi clams, all the local delicacies gather in Matsue!

(During February : East area)

yukiakariSanbe Romantic Candle Night
Be charmed by gentle candle lights placed in thousands of snow huts

(early in February : Central area)

March
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The season of sakura and flowers!
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April
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Matsue Samurai Procession
People dressed as samurais or princesses march through the castle town in blooming cherry blossoms.

(early in April : East area)


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Washibara-hachimangu Shrine Yabusame ritual
Horseback archery, which is one of the Tsuwano’s premier annual events

(second Sunday of April every year : West area)

Renge-e-mai DanceOki Kokubun-ji Temple Renge-e-mai Dance
The Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property of Japan

(April 21st every year : Islands area)

May
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Yasugi Cutlery Festival
Learn about knife in the city of steel, Yasugi

(early in May : East area)

Shigesa Bushi Dance Parade
Let’s dance to Oki’s traditional folk, Shigesa Bushi

(early in May : Islands area)

June
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Gorei-furyuTamawakasu-no-mikoto Shrine Festival, Goree-Furyuu
Horses carrying the gods gallop up to the shrine entrance

(June 5th every year : Islands area)

July
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sagimaiSagimai (heron dance) ritual in Tsuwano
Shimane’s Important Intangible Cultural Property with over 400 years of history

(July 20th and 27th every year : West area)

gionGion Festival in Hirose
A Mikoshi (portable shrine) and Kanto (lantern pole with a lot of lanterns) parade through the town with fireworks up in sky

(July 21st every year : East area)

August
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Matsue Suigo-saiMatsue Suigo-sai Festival
Ten thousands of fireworks above Lake Shinji

(middle of August : East area)

umi kaguraUmi Kagura
Kagura (shinto ritual dance) performed on the beach

(middle of August : Central area)

syarabuneShara-bune Spirit Boat
Farewell festival for ancestors by the decorated boat

(August 16th every year : Islands area)

September
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bull fightOki Traditional Bull Fighting Contest
Most honorable among several bull fights in Islands area

(September 1st every year : Islands area)

shinnohSada Shin Noh at Sada Jinja Shrine
Sacred dance registered as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

(September 24 and 25 every year : East area)

October
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suitouroMatsue Suitouro (Water and Lantern Festival)
Light and shadow create the fantastic sceneries in the city of water, Matsue

(During October : East area)

grand teaMatsue Grand Tea Ceremony
Feel the authentic tea ceremony atmosphere in one of the three meccas of Japanese tea

(early in October : East area)

imoni2Imoni to Jizake no kai (Taro potatoes and Local sake Festival)
Feed yourself with autumn delicacy of Tsuwano, taro potatoes with local sake

(middle of October : West area)

November
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}I„ÿGakuenji Temple Autumn/Fall Colour Festival
Walk through red tunnel above the approach way on a red carpet made by fallen leaves

(from middle to end of November : East area)

kagura taikaiJapan Iwami Kagura Contest
Feel the dynamism of Kagura (shinto ritual dance)

(Middle of November : West area)

December
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morotabuneMiho Jinja Shrine Morotabune Shinji (shinto ritual)
Shinto ritual representing the scene of the ancient myths

(December 3rd every year : East area)

hourglassNew Year Countdown at Nima Sand Museum
Turn over the world’s biggest hourglass to clock another one year

(December 31st every year : Central area)