Mushiokuri is a traditional event held in farming villages to drive away pests from crops and pray for a bountiful harvest. This tradition still survives in the Tohoku region, which has many farming villages. Each village has a different custom, whether it be installing a giant thatch figure or burning an effigy of a straw doll as an evil spirit. You will encounter a unique sight and experience based on the regional belief of "chasing away evil."
Giant thatch figure visit (30 min)
Observe the giant thatch figure while listening to an explanation of mushiokuri culture.
Crafting straw men (1 hour)
Create and offer a real straw doll. You can bring it home.