Oshiroi Matsuri (Face Paint Festival)


On the day of the Oshiroi Matsuri (Face Paint Festival), newly harvested rice is ground into powder and made into white face paint, which is then smeared on the faces of worshippers in an attempt to foretell whether they will have a bountiful or lean harvest. These worshippers are not allowed to wash nor wipe the paint off their faces until they get home, and it is said that if they feed their livestock food with the face paint mixed into it, the animals will never get sick. It is also said that if worshippers participate in the festival every year, their skin will become smooth and they will have a long life! With a relaxed mood amid its silliness, the Oshiroi Matsuri is one of the more unique festivals throughout the whole of Japan.

Basic Information

Address (Japanese) 838-1503 福岡県朝倉市杷木大山 大山祇神社
Address Oyamazumi Shrine, Haki, Asakura City, Fukuoka
Telephone Number 0946-62-0730(道の駅「原鶴」インフォメーションセンター)
Contact Asakura City Board of Education
Open 2pm through 4 pm on December 2
Access 15 minutes by car from the Haki Intercahnge off the Oita Expressway

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


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