〒698-0024 17-2 Ekimae-cho Masuda-shi Shimane Japan
Originally Shoki was a Chineise god who was regarded as a vanquisher of ghosts and evil beings. But in Japan, he is well-known as a guardian god against plagues. In the olden days, plagues were a great threat, so this piece had been played with people’s prayers.
Susano-no-mikoto, a Japanese god, appears on the stage and introduces himself as Shoki. He fights against plagues with a large hoop of hemp. It is thought that the hemp has a sacred power against disease. After a fierce fight, Shoki successfully defeats those plagues.
You can see that people walk through the large hoop of hemp in the ritual ceremony held on June 30th and December 31st.