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History & Culture

Oyama-Sankei, the Nationally-Designated Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property 国指定重要無形民俗文化財  お山参詣(おやまさんけい)


国指定重要無形民俗文化財 お山参詣は、五穀豊穣、家内安全を願う津輕一円の地元の大切な信仰行事。

Oyama-Sankei, the Nationally-Designated Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property, is a local precious religion events of faith in the whole Tsugaru area wishing for rich crops and domestic safety.

According to lunar calendar, the citizens climb on Mt.Iwaki and worship in a group basis for each village from July 29 to August 1, which was from September 7 to 9th this year. It is said that the origin is the Kamakura period.


Those three days are named that the first day is called Mukai-yama, Yoi-yama for the second day and the third day is to be Tsuitachi-yama respectively.

On Mukaiyama, they approach to Iwaki-yama shrine and worship there. On Yoiyama, on the second day, many worshipers raise golden superstitous or colorful flags and walk through villages while carrying agricultural products as offerings. The worshipers who dressed in white clothes aim to Iwaki-yama shrine by chanting “Saigi, Saigi” with the Tozan-bayashi, the mountaineering accompaniment.

“Saigi, Saigi” is from the sound of “Zange (repentance)”, the meaning of “repent to past sins, tell gods and Buddha then apologize for it”.


Before down on the final day, the worshipers on Tsuitachiyama head to the mountaintop of Mt.Iwaki and climb the rocks by relying on a flashlight. They climb the course of about 8 kilometers over 4 hours. Wait for the rising sun near the summit of the mountain and hold hands. Unfortunately, we could not worship the sunlight this year due to the rain and went down with the Gezan-bayashi, coming-down accompaniment.


Incidentally, the length of the flutes of the mountaineering and coming-down accompaniment is different. The musicians carry two types of flute with them. The flute of the mountaineering accompaniment is longer, thick and lower sound than the flute of going-down accompaniment. The going-down flute is shorter and gets a high tone. The high and cheerful tone of the going-down flute might be a feeling of relief that the wish would be heard. Oyama-sankei is a powerful festival that farmers have been wishing their safety daily life and asking that mountain. After this event, Tsugaru will be busy with harvesting rice and harvesting apple.




Nowadays, general people have become available to participate in the mountain pilgrimage. “Let’s Walk Oyama-Sankei (Mountain Pilgrimage)” was planned so that the general people can experience this cultural treasure event with the opportunity of being designated as the important intangible folk cultural asset of the country in 1984. And it is heard that many participants come over from the outside of the prefecture every year.


レッツウォークお山参詣 実行委員会事務局
連絡先 tel. 0172-83-3000 / fax. 0172-83-3001
e-mail 1625@iwakisan.com



For more information:

Let’s Walk Oyama-Sankei Executive Committee Office
Contact: Tel. 0172-83-3000 / Fax. 0172-83-3001
e-mail 1625@iwakisan.com





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