The traditional ritual of Mekari Shrine, found at the most northerly location in Kyushu facing the Kanmon Straits.
With 3-meter long torches in their hands, the Shinto priests wonder into the freezing waters in order to harvest the symbol of fortune, seaweed.
Designated as Intangible Folk Cultural Property of Fukuoka Prefecture.
Location: Moji, Moji Ward, Kitakyushu City
Date: January 1st of the lunisolar calendar
Prefectural official title: Mekari-shinji