Oni-Daiko (Ogre drums)
The "Oni-Daiko (Ogre drums)" has been passed down in many parts of the island. Ogres, which were once feared, have become heroes, and beat drums to keep peace and prosperity in the villages as guardians, while young locals who dance with all their body and soul become avatars for the ogres.
Yellowtail flocks into the bay to avoid the rough seas of Sado. Yellowtail, which are indispensable in celebrations in Japan, is a high-quality winter fish. They are a blessing for fishermen, accounting for 80% of their annual revenue. The fishing ground is right in front of the island. It is not uncommon for the fishermen to catch 10,000 yellowtails in one night with the fixed nets.
Full-scale mining began in the local gold mine in the 16th century, and has contributed to the prosperity of Sado for over 400 years. Parts of the remaining mineshafts are now a tourist heritage that helps tell the island's history to people who visit.