Soma Nomaoi

Soma Nomaoi

See the spirit of the samurai of Japan’s civil war period at this energetic festival!

Soma Nomaoi, a ritual dating back over a thousand years, takes place in northern Hamadori in Fukushima prefecture from Saturday to Monday on the last weekend of July each year. The highlights of the celebration are held on Sunday and include a procession of knights in armour parading through the town’s streets, a 1,000m race involving ten horsemen holding flags of traditional family crests, and a flag competition involving hundreds of horsemen.


The festival’s origins are rooted in the military exercises conducted by the wealthy samurai Taira no Masakado during the Heian period (794-1185). The clattering sounds of the knights in armour and their dynamic horseback riding are reminiscent of the battlefields where the powerful regional clans clashed. 


Travel back to the time of Japan’s civil war period at this dynamic festival!

General Information

Address
福島県相馬市原町区牛来雲雀ヶ原祭場地
Official Website
http://soma-nomaoi.jp/
Word-of-mouth
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開催場所
Hibarigahara Saijochi at Gorai, Haramachiku, Minamisoma City, Fukushima

Contact

Contact
Soma Nomaoi Executive Committee
Telephone Number
0244-22-3064