Copyright yamagata tabibito
・Tsuruoka Tenmangu (shrine),
Tsuruoka Komen (park) and etc.
・Every 25 May
This is one of 3 Shonai (today's Tsuruoka) area.
This is the ritual of Tsuruoka Tenmangu enshrines Sugawarano Michizane (845 - 903, politician, scholar in Heian period).
At this festival, people no matter young or old, men or women, cover their head with towel to hide their faces to become bakemono (ghost) and pure sake whoever they see on the road without say anything.
It is very unique festival.
It is said that people who disguise as bakemono for 3 years without noticed by anybody, their wishes come true.
There is rental service of costume of bakemono (cloth, straw hat, towel etc) with free of charge.
It sounds fun to join to the festival with the local people.
Access/Fees/Opening hours/Contact etc.
From "Tsuruoka Sta." of JR, transfer to the bus for Yunohama Onsen.
And get off at "Shiyakusho mae (in front of the city office)".
From Yamagata Highway "Tsuruoka Exit", about 10min.
Source of reference: Tsuruoka City