Osugi Shrine is dedicated to Anba-sama, a deity traditionally associated with fishing villages. In fact, shrines devoted to Anba-sama are rare. In particular, Osugi Shrine is known for its brightly-colored green and vermillion buildings. Visitors to the shrine can pray for protection from bad luck and misfortunes. Participants drive out lousy luck with music during one of the shrine's annual festivals. Local governments even designate the dancing as an intangible folk culture asset.
- 958 Aba, Inashiki City, Ibaraki
- By public transport: 15-minute taxi ride from Shimosa-Kozaki Station on the JR Narita Line
- TEL: 029-894-2613
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Tsunabi Fireworks Festival
This traditional fireworks festival is held annually in late August and is a designated intangible cultural asset. The festival is held to pray for an abundant harvest and protection from fires.
The festival occurs at two locations: Takaoka Atago Shrine and Obari Atago Shrine.
Additionally, each festival is slightly different. At both locations, puppets are used to perform classic Japanese folktales on a tightrope in midair, accompanied by traditional drums and flutes. Finally, both festivals conclude with fireworks. However, the Obari festival is said to emphasize the story plot during the puppet performance.
Ami Premium Outlets
This outlet mall opened in 2009 and houses exceptional brands from Japan and overseas. There are over 100 shops, so it's guaranteed you'll find something for everyone!
There are also a variety of coffee shops and restaurants to keep you charged while shopping.
The outlet is just a few minutes from the giant Buddha statue known as Ushiku Daibutsu.
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