Rice Planting Festival at Mt. Kubote

求菩提山 お田植祭(県指定無形民俗文化財)

At Mt. Kubote, which is know as a mountain for asceticism, mountain priests used to hold a festival unique to Buzen called “Matsue” to pray for an abundant harvest. One of the events, the Rice Planting Ritual, has been passed down for generations and is still conducted today as the Rice Planting Festival, a Municipally Designated Intangible Folk Cultural Asset.
The festival is held on the grounds in front of Kunitama Shrine’s middle sanctuary on Mt. Kubote on March 29 every year. A humorous dance accompanied by song that presents the story of farm work - from seeding in the Spring to harvest in the Fall - is performed for the gods and attracts many spectators.

Basic Information

Address (Japanese) 828-0086 福岡県豊前市求菩提 国玉神社中宮前広場
Address Kunitama Shrine, Kubotesan, Buzen City, Fukuoka
Telephone Number 0979-82-8058(豊前市教育委員会)
Contact Buzen City Education Division
Car Park 30 vehicles; Parking at the Municipal “Kubote Shiryokan Mae” Bus stop
Access By train and bus - Take a municipal bus from JR “Unoshima” Station on the Nippo Main Line and get off at “Kubote Shiryokan Mae” bus stop (about a 30 minute ride); about a 45 minute walk to the venue from there
Website http://www.city.buzen.lg.jp/event/otauesai.html

*Information on facilities is subject to change. Please check each official website for the latest information.


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