Okayudameshi is a 1,200 years old ritual held in spring at Chiriku Hachiman Shrine. The shrine is known as one of the three major shrines around Japan hosting this ritual event. The shrine's sacred golden bowl is filled with rice porridge and dedicated to the shrine hall. The surface of the rice porridge is divided into four sections each of which designates each of four areas in the northern Kyushu; Chikuzen (North), Chikugo (South), Hizen (West) and Higo (East). People forecast the harvest and the weather of the year by looking at how the surface of the porridge is molded in a few weeks.
|Address||2403 Shirakabe Chiriku, Oaza Miyaki cho, Miyaki-gun, Saga Prefecture|
|Access||Take a Nishitetsu Bus no.40 (bound for Kurume via Kanzaki) from JR Saga Station Bus Center and get off at “Chiriku Hachimangu-mae” Stop / 1 Minute Walk from the Bus Stop|
|Contact||Chiriku Hachiman Shrine