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Home > Screenings > Japan Program Catalog - BEAJ > Successors of Soma Nomaoi

Genres: Documentary

Demographics: All audiences


“Soma Nomaoi” is a festival that dates back 1000 years, and began as a military exercise for samurai. It is recognized as an “Important Intangible Cultural Property”.

This three day festival takes place in Soma, a city which is famous for horse-breeding in Fukushima prefecture.

Events include a 1000 meter horse race, and ends with a man dressed in white capturing a horse with their bare hands to present to the shrine. This is a documentary of the event and the interaction among local people.