In mid October, a Shinto ritual called Yoimatsuri no Shinji is held at Kuroshima Shrine.
A Shinto priest is invited from outside the island. The priest stay overnight at a house called Yadonushi where Shinto dance and music are performed at night.
A Buddhist-centered group starts preparations for the festival. On the festival day, a procession of the portable shrine starts from Kuroshima shrine and it is purified with sea water. Shinto rituals are conducted and Shinto music and dance are dedicated.
In December, they start preparing an exterior holiday lighting toward Christmas, one of the most important events in the island.
Moms and Dads’ handmade simple, but warm Christmas decorations.
After the lighting ceremony, the lights are on at night until early January.
The main event of Kuroshima
|Date||General Event||Catholic Event|
|1/1||New Year||New Year Day Mass
|Around 2/10||Buddha’s Nirvana Day||Septuagesima Sunday
|Early 3 month||Easter|
|Around 3/20||Buddhist Memorial Services|
|4/10||Konpira Ocean Deity Festival|
|Mid 4 month||All Saints’ Day|
|Late 4 month||Pentecost, Ebigane festival|
|Around 5/23||Ascension Day|
|Around 6/9||Trinity Sunday|
|Around 6/13||Corpus Christi Feast|
|Around 6/21||the Sacred Heart of Jesus|
|Early 7 month||Buddhist Purification Ceremony|
|8/3||Brat demon memorial service|
|8 month 13 Date ~ 15 Date||Bon Festival|
|Around 9/20||Buddhist Memorial Services|
|Around 10/27||Christ the King|
|11/2||Kuroshima Sports Day|
|Early 11 month||All Saints’ Day|
The first of the main Date
|12/8||Buddha’s Enlightenment Day|
|12/12||Ume Plum |
|12/31||New Year's Eve|
Pine New Year Decoration