- This faith attracts livestock farmers from across the Chugoku region. An unusual festival featuring splendid "kasaboko"(floats with a decorative umbrella attached) is held throughout the prefecture.
- The Hanagasa Kamiwaza, held on April 24, is a spectacle in which "hanagasa" (flower umbrellas）covered in artificial flowers are gathered from various districts. People then topple them and plunder their flowers. These flowers became charms to protect cattle and horses.
The main deities enshrined Oyamazumi-no-mikoto and Iwanagahime-no-mikoto (Ushikaihime-no-mikoto). The shrine is in Higashihida.
They were the guardian deities of cows and horses, and there were many worshippers when herding cattle was popular.
The rear shrine is located on Mt. Iimori about 600 meters above sea level. You can see Mt.Daisen and Mt.Sanbe from the top of the mountain.
It is famous as a sacred ground with many ancient rocks and trees, including Kikusui-no-iwa, Komori-iwa, Chi-iwa, and Akago-iwa.
The Origin of The Name of The Nawakuri Shrine
Oyamazumi-no-mikoto’s daughters, elder sister Iwanagahime-no-mikoto and younger sister Konohanasakuya-hime, climed Mt.Iimori to search for a home together. Iwanagahime-no-mikoto decided to live where Nawakuri Shrine is today, but her younger sister had already left for Hoki Daisen, saying she would tug on a rope to let her sister know if she found a good home. No message came, and, getting tired of waiting, Iwanagahime-no-mikoto tried to reel in the rope (nawa in Japanese) snapping it.
According to folklore, this incident is the origin of the name “Nawakuri”.
60 minutes by car from Yasugi IC