In this episode, we will introduce you to an Important Intangible Cultural Property of Japan, Kasuga Mukooshi.
Held in January every year in Kasuga City, Kasuga Shrine’s Mukooshi Bridegroom Pushing Festival is one of the most unique in the entire country, as newly-married men from the previous year in shimekomi/fundoshi engage in rather rough, celebratory ceremonial activities.
Location: Kasuga, Kasuga City
Date: 2nd Sunday in January
Official name: Kasuga-no-Mukooshi (Kasuga Mukooshi Bridegroom Pushing Festival)