(7/3-9/12/21) Soma Nomaoi: The Inherited Power of Tradition

更新日:2021年08月04日

exhibit banner

Exhibition period extended to Sunday, September 12.

As we commemorate 10 years since the Tohoku earthquake this year, this display will focus on Soma Nomaoi’s path towards recovery since that disaster. We will also take a look back on the festival’s history through periods of trouble such as the Tenpo Famine, the Meiji Restoration, World War II, and COVID-19, and how various plans were used to ensure that Nomaoi would be inherited by the following generations. Thinking back on the many forms this tradition has taken, we will reconsider the core values of Soma Nomaoi.

In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we ask for your cooperation in countermeasures such as wearing a mask. This exhibition may be changed or cancelled due to COVID-19 countermeasures.

Exhibition Period

Saturday, July 3, 2021 – Sunday, September 12, 2021

In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the museum was closed from Thursday, July 8, to Saturday, July 31.

Museum Closed Days

Every Monday

However, the museum will be open on July 26 (Mon.) and August 9 (Mon.), and closed the following Tuesdays (July 27, August 10)

Entrance Fee

General: 400 yen (350 yen)
High school student: 200 yen (150 yen)
ES/JHS student: 100 yen (80 yen)

Note: The entrance fee for permanent exhibits is included.
Prices in parentheses () are for groups of 20 people or more. For more information on fees, please see the Guide to Visiting the Museum.

Free Entry Days

Fukushima Citizens’ Day: Saturday, August 21 ~ Sunday, August 22

Looking Back on Nomaoi During Troubled Periods of History

tenpo famine nomaoi record

Record of Nomaoi’s shortening during the Tenpo Famine
“Abbreviation of the Soma Domain’s Economy”
May 1834 article

meiji period nomaoi

Nomaoi during the Meiji period

silent prayer of warriors

“Warriors in silent prayer”
(July 23, 2011)
Photo provided by Otsuki Meisei

removing top soil at hibarigahara

Removal of top soil at Hibarigahara Festival Grounds
(May 29, 2012)

horseback warriors proceeding through sunflower field

Proceeding through paddies that grew sunflowers instead of rice
(July 28, 2012)

man in traditional garbs getting temperature taken

Taking temperatures before the Shinto ceremony
(July 27, 2020)

A Look at the Exhibit

Entrance Hall

Entrance hall display

Entrance hall display

Flags with images of Nomaoi drawn by children

Flags with images of Nomaoi drawn by children

Exhibit Room

Certificate declaring Soma Nomaoi to be a nationally designated intangible folk cultural property

Certificate declaring Soma Nomaoi to be a nationally designated intangible folk cultural property

A comparison of Nomaoi during the Edo period and from the Meiji period onwards

A comparison of Nomaoi during the Edo period and from the Meiji period onwards

An explanation of the flags strapped to the backs of mounted warriors

An explanation of the flags strapped to the backs of mounted warriors

A look at the exhibit

A look at the exhibit

Soma Nomaoi and the Great East Japan Earthquake

Soma Nomaoi and the Great East Japan Earthquake

Horizontal banner flown at the festival grounds in 2012

Horizontal banner flown at the festival grounds in 2012

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