Okutsugaru Mushi to Hi Matsuri (Insect & Fire Festival)
Official Website (Japanese): http://goshogawarajc.com/matsuri/index.html
This is a festival to ward off insects that harm the rice fields. It originated from "mushi okuri"(literally "sending off (driving away) insects"). Large "insects" with wooden heads and straw bodies were paraded down the street and then hung up at the entry points to the village to ward off insects. From 1983, the city decided to combine the mushi okuri festival with "fire"--another powerful symbol for warding off bad things--to give birth to the Mushi to Hi Matsuri.
Date: Saturday, June 20, 2015
Location: Goshogawara City, Omachi Dori～Iwaki River Flood Plain
Events/Attractions: "mushi" procession, bonfires, etc.
Goshogawara City, Omachi Dori 青森県五所川原市大町通り
Okutsugaru Sightseeing Website, "The festival 'Mushito Himatsuri'": http://www.okutsugaru.com/e/shichoubetu/goshogawara/mushitohimatsuri.html
2014 Mushi to Hi Matsuri Traffic Control Map (Festival Course, Road Closures, etc.) (Japanese): http://goshogawarajc.com/matsuri/koutuukisei.jpg