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Groom Tossing & Ash Smearing

Toss and Paint! A Bizarre Echigo Festival

  • City

    Tokamachi City, Niigata

  • Period


  • Location

    Yakushi Hall at Matsunoyama Hot Springs
    Tokamachi City

  • Introduction

    The Muko-Nage ("groom throw") is where freshly married grooms are thrown from a cliff near the Yakushi Hall, and the Kuro-Nuri ("black paint") is where leftover soot from burned New Year's decorative spires is used to paint everyone's faces black -- both of which are performed to pray for good health and family prosperity.

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