Soma Nomaoi

“Yuna-Chan”: The New Project Helping Revive Fukushima Prefecture

It has been six years since the devastating tsunami hit the seacoast of Fukushima Prefecture. These past years, more and more towns in the coastal area of Fukushima are getting back on their feet and starting to rebuild their lives again. One of these areas is Minamisoma City, a town located in the northern part…

Check Out the Festivities of Soma Nomaoi Matsuri in Fukushima This July!

Would you like to get a feel for the Samurai era and witness one of the most revered and breathtaking horse racing festivals? Soma Nomaoi Matsuri is a 3-day event held annually in the month of July from the 23rd to 25th. It is a 1000-year-old festival which undoubtedly captures everyone’s eye. The festival is…

Soma Nomaoi: A Brief on the Wild Horse Racing Samurai Festival

There was a time in the 10th century when Samurai warriors secretly commenced military exercises which involved the general releasing wild horses onto a plain where they were then pursued and captured by his cavalry. In the end, the captured horses were given as offerings to the Shinto deity. This traditional festival is still being…