Why Were “Ward off the Plague” Emphasized in Japanese Traditional Festivals during the COVID-19 Pandemic? A Case Study of the Festivals in Gifu Prefecture, Japan

Takafumi Misumi (Kwansei Gakuin University)

This presentation answers the question of why warding off pestilence was emphasized in Japanese traditional festivals in 2020–2022. The people running the festivals repeatedly emphasized at the November 2020 festival that the festival was intended to dispel the evil plague. However, in April 2022, such explanations have completely disappeared. The participants argued that these explanations are "excuse" against people who oppose and led to the holding of festivals at the COVID-19 Pandemic. Based on the accumulation of research on resilience, this presentation analyzed the above case study as an attempt to facilitate the resumption of the festival.

Part of 03-14 Conceptions of Health, Illness, and Medicine, Thursday, November 02, 2:30 pm–4:30 pm