Originally Sagicho is the very last event of New Year celebration. It is held on Koshogatsu (Janauary 15th by the lunar calendar). Sagicho in Oiso is one of the Significant Intangible Folk-Cultural Asset designated by Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan.
9 districts along Kitahama beach pray Seino Kamisan -the guardian deity of Oiso- for good health and happy living.
People make Saito –tall corn-shaped bonfires from New Year’s decorations, straws and bamboo. Then later at night, they lit those from lucky direction of the year, commonly called “eho” in Japanese. The fire blazed up in the sky, so you will find the scene very spectacular.
Okariya are little huts built along the street temporarily for this season. Children used to stay and look after Okariya.
People visit Okariya. The act of visiting and praying at these Okariya is called Nanatoko-mairi.
There used to be 7 places, but now there are 8 places, so they chant “Nanatoko maitte Ya toko se”.
Saito –tall corn-shaped bonfires- burn up overwhelmingly. Then people pulled down Onbe-take of Saito at the lucky direction of the year. (Onbe-take is a tool of purification set at the top of Saito.)
A group of men gather around the fire of some Saito singing “Ise-0ndo (Sagicho-ondo)”. After this, Yanna Gokko starts. One group of men is on the beach, another is in the freezing sea, between them there is Karimiya which is connected to the rope. This scene just looks like doing a tug-of-war. Karimiya is believed that evil spirits are in.
Finally Karimiya is dragged onto the beach and anybody can pull the rope to bring it back to the shrine.
“Let’s have an unusual experience at Oiso Sagicho!”
By NPO Oiso Daisuki Club
You can make your Sagicho Kifuda, Sagicho dumplings. Find out unusual traditional culture.
January 14th ,2017( Saturday)
Meeting time & place:
At 14:00 JR Oiso Station
Access to Oiso station:
Only JR Tokaido line.
64min. from Tokyo station.
36min. from Yokohama station.
52min. from Atami station.
Timetable and route search http://www.hyperdia.com/en/
google map https://goo.gl/maps/whABtyDZVfR2
Parking infromation http://www.its-mo.com/search/st/1686/parking/
We don't recommend by car because of heavy traffic will be prospected on the day.
14:10 Start Oiso Station
14:30-15:00 Watch movie about Oiso Sagicho at Tokoin Temple
15:00-16:00 Visit Okariya
16:00-17:30 Workshops – Make Sagicho Kifuda, and Sagicho Dango.
17:30-18:30 Omotenashi – have a break, and try Isojuru.
18:30-19:30 Roast dumplings lightly and watch Yanna Gokko at Kitahama beach.
The tour ends at Kitahama beach.
All destinations are within walking distance. (About 10 min from JR Oiso station.)
1,000 yen (Pay on the day in cash.)
- Materials for workshops and insurance included.
- Transportation expense between your place and Oiso-station not included.
Number of participants:
Up to 30 people
< Sagicho Kifuda –traditional lucky item made from wood- >
1 Use a sandpaper to file rough edges from a wooden plate.
2 Make an eyelet.
3 At the back of the wooden plate, write your name on.
4 Put a Sagicho brand on the other side.
5 Put a string through the eyelet.
Now you can hang it from your neck!
< Sagicho Dango –dumplings- >
There is an old tradition that you eat a dumpling at Sagicho so that you won’t catch a cold through the year.
1 Pour water little by little into rice powder and mix them well. Make a dough.
2 Divide a dough into small pieces and make balls in three colors, white, pink and light green.
3 Put them in boiling water.
It’s ready to eat!
4 Put dumplings (ready-made to have cool ones) on a wire.
5 Set the wire with dumplings onto the bamboo stick.
Now it’s ready to roast.
You can get another guide from here http://www.town.oiso.kanagawa.jp/isotabi/panfudownroad.html
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions!