Osorezan Taisai

Osorezan Taisai

July 20-24
Mt. OsorÉ, located on the Shimokita Peninsula in the north of Honshu, Japan, is a spiritual center for many Japanese. It is known as a place where departed souls congregate. During the Osorezan Taisai Festival, or Osorezanrei Grand Festival, people flock to the mountain at Mutsu City, Aomori Prefecture, where psychics endeavor to summon the spirits of the dead by chanting. The priests who cross the weathered slopes of the mountain in procession add to the festival's grim and ghostly atmosphere.
CONTACTS:
Aomori Prefectural Government
1-1-40 Nagashima
Aomori, Aomori Prefecture 030-8570 Japan
81-1-7722-1111; fax: 81-1-7773-2691
www.pref.aomori.lg.jp/en
SOURCES:
IllFestJapan-1993, p. 145