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Ritual Implements and Vestments

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Also read "mikoshi," and commonly called "omikoshi," the shin'yo is a palanquin or portable shrine by means of which the spirit of a kami is conveyed on a formal procession from its permanent location to a temporary resting site (called otabisho) for the duration of a festival. Most are constructed...

Shinshoku no shōzoku

Vestments worn by Shinto priests (shinshoku), specifically, attire worn on ceremonial or ritual occasions. In the ancient period, formal clothing styles called raifuku and chōfuku were imported from the Asian continent, but after the cessation of missions to the Tang court, distinctive Japanes...


Also called koshidaka, a single-legged standing tray for presenting offerings (shinsen) and thought to be identical to an item called takasuki in the Engishiki's section on the Great Festival of Enthronement (Daijōsai). Originally a stand for holding food or other objects, the takatsuki was ma...


An object presented to the kami by a priest or worshiper, composed of a sprig of evergreen sakaki to which paper streamers (shide), or paper mulberry fibers (yū) have been attached. Numerous theories have been advanced to explain the origin of the tamagushi; the most common holds that the tama...


One type of float (dashi) used in festival processions. On top of a wheeled platform, a "mountain" or other shape is constructed and topped by a spear or halberd. This kind of float is said to have developed from the Heian-period shirushi no yama ("sign-mountain") which were constructed with variou...

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