Soma Nomaoi festival makes triumphant return

Fukushima Prefecture's ancient "Soma Nomaoi" festival was back to full strength in 2022 for the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The festival is famous for its "Kacchu Keiba," a horse race between banner-wielding riders in ancient costumes, and the "Shinki Sodatsusen," where competitors dressed as samurai fight to capture flags launched into the air.