Hakozaki Shrine, along with Usa Jingu in Oita Prefecture and Iwashimizu Hachimangu in Kyoto, are the 3 biggest Hachimangu (shrine of the war god) in Japan. From the coastline of Hakata Bay is a road leading straight to a torii (shrine gate), which then leads to the main shrine of Hakozaki. Passing through the roumon (tower gate) where the rules and regulations of the shrine are written on leads to the vermillion-colored inner shrine and the hall of worship. With hydrangeas blooming in full color depending on the season, the hearts of those who visit Hakozaki Shrine will surely be at peace with the view.
A large number of food stalls and the like line up along the shrine during the autumn festival Houkouya, making the place greatly crowded. The Tamaseseri Festival also unfolds here at Hakozaki Shrine during the first three days of the New Year, where men donning only shimekomi (sumo wrestler's belt) struggle, at times violently, to grasp a heavy wooden ball which is believed to prevent calamities from striking down a person should they come into contact with it.
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