|The original Moooo!Bar. We've morphed since then.
April is a great time to be on the island. It's springtime,
so the weather is great for outdoor activities such as kayaking, trail running or hiking. You'll have the whole island to
Week April 29-May 6
Moooo! Bar will be open for Golden Week, so come join the herd! This is still the low season on the island, and with the exception
of the international villa, rooms are plentiful. Many choose to enjoy the warm weather by camping on the beach (free)!
May is also the Spring Kobo Daishi Festival at the Buddhist Temple.
Features a goma fire ceremony and invoking the fire god Fudo-myo-o. This is authentic esoteric Buddhist ritual complete with
incantations, smoke, yamabushi priests and special rites to rid you of your defilements (of which you have 108, by the way!)
Come get purified! email me to confirm the date shiraishireservations at yahoo dot com
May and June are great
times to go pilgrimaging before the hot weather hits. Walk the 400-year-old Shiraishi Pilgrimage route that follows the
perimeter of the island and experience fantastic views while visiting some of the 88 sacred sites along the way. For more
information, see our Shiraishi Island blog posts, starting with Introducing the Shiraishi Island Pilgrimage.
to the summer season
has always been a bit of an anomaly in Japan because you can swim year-round here. Many beaches have designated swimming
seasons. No problems here. Until last year, we did have an official "umibiraki" opening of the sea ceremony performed by a
Shinto Priest, but that has gone by the wayside. Traditions are dying quickly...
"Mushi Okuri" Festival (throwing bad insects off
the island) Although this is a Shinto ritual, the ceremony and parade starts from the Buddhist Temple. At 10 am locals
will start the walk around the streets hoisting a boat and calling out to all the "bad insects" to get into the boat, after
which they release the insects and the boat into the Inland Sea. Come join the procession and learn how to call out to
The annual Shiraishi
Yacht Race takes place on this day too, so if you like boats, check out the 50 or so sailboats in
the "new port" in the morning!
Bar open every day in July and August
We'll move from being open Sundays
in June to being open every day in summer. The Moooo! Bar gets a little better every year, so stop by and find out what's
Read about the Mushi Okuri festival here
July 18 (Monday)
Sea Day is a national holiday in Japan. Come celebrate the sea! Rooms fill up fast, so be sure
to reserve early or be prepared to camp on the beach! See our accommodations page for reservations. Don't miss the new women-only
accommodations at the Moooo! House.
Festival of the Dead
Mukaebi Welcoming the spirits to the island. Takes
place at Bussharito Buddhist Temple.
Aug 13, 14, 15 from 7:30 pm to 11:00 pm outside the Komuinkan (public hall)
Okuribi Seeing off the spirits. Lanterns are lit
and set out to sea in a beautiful ceremony called Toronagashi. Starts at 7:00
Shiraishi Dance follows at 8:00 and is performed
on the beach. This signifies the end of Obon.
Aug. 27 (Saturday) Live Band and Fireworks Night on
the Beach! This is the most popular event of the summer. Come out and camp on the beach (free), or get
your reservation in fast before everything fills up. Don't miss it! (charter ferry available for day-trippers).
Read about the Shiraishi Bon Dance here
Read about the O-bon holiday here