January

Ink Festival (Katae no Sumitsuke Tondo) - 片江の墨つけとんど

 
The first Sunday (after the 6th) of every January and the fourth Sunday of every July.
This year's date: 12 January 2020 (and 26th July 2020)

Haven't we always dreamed of drawing on our friends' face with ink? It's time to realize your childhood dream!
Twice a year (for more than 250 years !), the people of Mihonoseki Harbour and some adventurous tourists gather in the harbour and go back home the face covered by Chinese ink blended with water and traditionally applied using slices of daikon radish.
Some participants also help carry a god between local shrines. It is carried quite a distance in the water of the port in both summer and winter!

As Mihonoseki is a port city, it is said that the ink applied on your face wil protect you from illnesses and shipwrecks for one year! Any volunteers?

Access to Mihonoseki : Mihonoseki Harbour

More infromation : https://www.mihonoseki-kankou.jp/sinji/sinji_sumitsukedonto/ (en japonais)