'Lucky man' race held at Nishinomiya shrine
NHK -- Jan 10
Thousands of people took part in a New Year race at a Shinto shrine in western Japan on Sunday. The winner is crowned the year's "luckiest man."

The event is held every January 10th to pray for good business. It takes place at Nishinomiya shrine in Hyogo Prefecture.

About 6,000 runners had lined up at the shrine gate before dawn. At the beating of the drums at 6 AM, they dashed to the main hall, roughly 230 meters away.

The winner this year was 16-year-old high school student Michinari Mizuta.

商売繁盛神様「えべっさん」の総本社、西宮神社(兵庫県西宮市)で2016年1月1日­、本殿参拝の一番乗りを競う恒例の「開門神事福男選び」があり、トップの「一番福」は­兵庫県明石市の神戸大付属中等教育学校4年、水田道成君が勝ち取った。 約6000人が参加し、まだ暗い午前6時、太鼓の音が鳴り響き門が開かれると、一斉に­飛び出し約230メートル先の本殿を目指して境内を走り抜けた。
News sources: NHK, SankeiNews
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