Nabekamuri Matsuri

(redirected from Pan-on-Head Festival)

Nabekamuri Matsuri (Pan-on-Head Festival)

May 8
The Nabekamuri or Pan-on-Head Festival held in Sakata at the Chikuma Shrine is one of the most unusual of all Japanese festivals. Its roots can be traced back to a time when a previously married woman arrived in Sakata balancing a pan on her head, perhaps to signify her domestic history. Today, about a dozen children march in a parade through town, wearing enormous papier-mâchÉ pans on their heads that are tied under their chins. Other parade participants include lion dancers, people wearing Noh play costumes, flutists, and young girls carrying sacred mirrors.
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SOURCES:
JapanFest-1965, p. 148