It's voted as one of the weirdest festivals in the whole of Japan and the Tan Tans were about to find out why.
History of やや祭り Yaya Matsuri - Originated from 1549 in which Owase Jinja was part of another jinja. At the same time, Owase was an warriors' concentration where many battles took place. So, one of the feudal lords or his wife decided that the samurai should show their fighting spirit without more sacrificial of lives and mould this Matsuri where his men should participate in a friendly pushing competition without their katanas. This also helped to strengthen the physical fitness of the guys.
Yaya Matsuri Duration: From 1st to 5th Feb
Temp: 1 degree celsius that was not helped by the roaring wind
Some of the the different prints on the lanterns.
The priest with the ceremonial ritual together with the representatives of the 20 町 (machi).
Part 1 of day 1 ended for the Tan Tans.