Hyakuhatto a traditional event has been done more than 380 years in Uonuma city,Hyakuhatto a traditional event has been done more than 380 years in Uonuma city,Hyakuhatto a traditional event has been done more than 380 years in Uonuma city

Hyaku-Hatto FestivalHyaku Hatto festival will be held in Oritate-Onsen, Uonuma city, on March 5th, 2017.

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Torii covered by snow was dug out

1st step is to dig out Torii which is located at the foot of a Mountain.

Pray for huge harvest

Prior to the work, the pray for harvest is held here.

An old style of a straw coat.

Old people put on straw coat when they carry straw bundles on their back.

Carrying straw bundles

Staffs carry a lot of straw bundles to the mountain ridge.

Putting straw bundles on the mountain ridge.

A lot of straw bundles are put on each point.

HYAKUHATTO fire event in Oritate

What is HYAKUHATTO

Make a small snow shrine

As the deposit of snow in Oritate in Uonuma city is more than 2m, it is impossible to dig out shrine from the snow. Instead of that, we made a small snow shrine and pray to God.

Carrying straw bundles to the mountain ridge

On the Hyakuhatto day, the group in charge of Hyakuhatto serially carry the straw bundles to the mountain idge This work is very hard and it has been done by young men in this area.


Fire on the straw bundles

Praying for much harvest, the group fire on the straw bundles at the ridge of Mountain. A subtle and profound light is brought about by them.

HYAKUHATTO Snow festival is held at the foot of Mountain

Many kinds of performances are held on the snow stage of Snow festival place. Visitors can eat Mochi or rice cake, Soba a Japanese nudle and Tonjilu or a sort of pork soup with free of charge. Especially, rice cake made by 6 persons is very popular due to the good taste. As final event, fireworks are set off.

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Hyakuhatto event has been carried out in March for the wish of good harvest and started from mid-Edo period more than 350 years before.
Many straw bundles are set from foot of mountain to the top of the mountain along the ridges and set fire up.
Today, it is harder and harder to perform this event because of two reasons.

One is less of young men.
It is hard work to carry many straw bundles from foot of mountain to the top. The work has been done by young men from the past but today, few young men remain in local area which cases lack of human power.

The other one isinsufficient straw bundles.
A harvest of rice today is mainly done by machines. Ear of rice plants are taken only and other part, that is, straw are returened to rice paddy on the spot. To remain the straw bundles are needed exstra human power but limited such power.
It is not sure until when we can keep on but we are trying to go on.

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