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Tsuruhime Festival

The Tsuruhime Festival commemorates the young female leader of one of the maritime clans of the Inland Sea who defended her island domain at the cost of her life.

Tsuruhime Festival

Name in Japanese: 三島水軍鶴姫まつり

Pronunciation: mishima suigun tsuruhime matsuri

Date: Second Sunday of July

Address: Omishima, Oyamazumi Shrine

A young model dressed as Tsuruhime appears at Oyamazumi Shrine in the morning with a couple of female attendants. They adjourn to the nearby port and board boats for a short seaborne parade. These were the small vessels used by the maritime clans to dominate trade in the Inland Sea. This is followed by a racing tournament involving the same boats. The festival ends with a display of fireworks.

This festival offers an opportunity to see some of the history behind this part of the Inland Sea, and to understand the significance of Oyamazumi Shrine. The shrine, Tsuruhime, and the Suigun boats are all very photogenic. 

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