The Aso Shrine – ONDAMATSURI
Produce : Higashikara higashikara.jp
Music – Sprung Nail by Josh Hill
This festival celebrates the work of the deity Aso-Daimyojin, who opened up the Aso territory and planted the seed for fertile farmland in the Aso region. The rite celebrates the year’s harvest. During feudal times, it was the only event at which Lord Hosokawa’s retainers would be in attendance. Since the Meiji period, the festival has been treated as a core yearly rite for Aso Shrine. Seeing the procession slowly wind its way through the shimmering green fields of Aso in midsummer is a memorable sight not soon to be forgotten.