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Toba Sea-Folk Museum, MIE UNIVERSITY AMA RESEARCH CENTER,

AMA Promotion Council & the Toba Chamber of Commerce

Ishibotoke Reisai

(Tide Buddha Festival)

Goza

Shima City

March

This famous festival is held for a Buddha stone statue that stands in the sea, where all ama in the village come together. Lively ama pour sake (rice wine) from a bottle, and pray for safe fishing and a large catch of abalone and top snails.

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