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◆Summary
"Hodare," refers to male genitalia, but in this case it signifies "may the rice plants droop heavy with seeds." This festival is an event to pray for a bountiful harvest, fertility, good encounters, for children to grow up well, and for people and their crops to successfully come to fruition. The usually enshrined wooden phallus statue is 2.2 meters long and weighs 600 kg, making it the largest wooden carving in that particular shape in all of Japan. During the festivities, the statue is taken out of its shrine, and newly married brides ride it to signify fertility as it is carried around the festival.

◆Time/Date
  March 10 (Sun.), 2019, from 11:00 AM to approx. 2:00 PM 【Tentative】

  ※Held annually on the 2nd Sunday of March.

◆Location
   Hodare Taishin, Raiden, Nagaoka-shi, Niigata

◆Caution
Note: In the case of severe weather conditions, the event period may be changed without prior notification.

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Including the hina dolls passed down in the homes of Murakami’s castle town, there are around 4,000 dolls on display in around 80 homes. Enjoy a pleasant stroll while you check out the historic merchant homes and the dolls.


Access:
8 min. on foot from Murakami Station on the JR Uetsu Main Line.
6 min. by car from the Murakami-Senamionsen interchange on the Nihonkai-Tohoku Expressway.

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With over 1,200 years of history, this festival is considered of the three strangest festivals in Japan. The highlight of the festival is the crowd of worshipers jostling each other in order to be the first to pay worship to Bishamon, the Buddhist god of war and wealth.


Location:Bishamon-do,Urasa Fukoji Temple grounds

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