Blindfolded Female Sumo Wrestling (Masue Goro Inari Shrine)

ふいご大祭 目隠し女相撲

Every year on the Sunday closest to December 8, women dawn blindfolds and the mask of one of the Seven Shinto Gods of Good Fortune to take part in a devotional sumo wrestling match at Masue Goro Inari Shrine’s Fuigo Festival. This unique event in which women wearing white clothes stand on their knees, fumble for their opponent, and try to push her down has continually been held since just after World War Ⅱ.
It is said that the style of wrestling blind is a comparison to the difficulty of a life in which the future is uncertain. The “moves” employed by the wrestlers fumbling intently for an opponent they can’t see, and the changes the facial expressions of the masks take on with these moves draw laugher from the audience, who in turn get enormously fired up, cheering and clapping for the wrestlers!

Basic Information

Address (Japanese) 819-1613 福岡県糸島市二丈松末 松末五郎神社
Address 575 Nijo Masue, Itoshima City, Fukuoka
Telephone Number 092-322-2098((一社)糸島市観光協会)
Contact Itoshima City Office
Open The Sunday closest to December 8
Access By train - About a 30 minute walk from JR Ikisan Station on the Chikuhi Line

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


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