Scattering soy beans saying "Out with the demon, in with the good fortune." to drive away evil matter and pray for their health. “Ohayasi” (a traditional festival musical) will be played in the festivals.
Burning New Year decorations, "Hamaya”, ritual arrows, and good luck charms in "Yagura", the tower built with green bamboos, straw and leaves of Japanese ceder to wish for happiness, good health and good harvests in the new year.
It is a small scale fireworks festival comparing to another festivals in the downtown Tokyo as about only 1000 fireworks is displayed. We can enjoy the lighting-ups from anywhere around Okutama Station without any crowds.
Known as the largest festival in Ome city, it features parades by dashi (山車:ornate floats). On the second day, all 12 floats gather up and bring out the main street in front of JR Ome Station.
This event has been held since 1872.