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Obi matsuri

Obi sash festival. Once every three years a rite of prayer for safe childbirth is held between October thirteenth and fifteenth at Ōi Jinja in Shimada City, Shizuoka Prefecture. A daimyō procession appends the shin'yo togyo (sacred palanquin processional) in which senior followers (ō...

Ofune matsuri

Boat Festival. A festival on May fourth and fifth held at Susuki Miya in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture. Participants from the nine villages of the former Satoyama area bring out nine ofune made of boat-shaped wooden frames from which cloth is draped. Pulling the boats decorated with warrior figures...

Ōgi matsuri

Fan festival. A summer festival on July fourteenth at Kumano Nachi Taisha in Nachi Katsuura-chō, Higashi Muro-gun, Wakayama prefecture. Twelve fan shinyo (sacred palanquins) process from the main shrine to Hiryū Jinja, which stands in front of the Nachi Falls. Because the fan palanquins a...

Ōgisai

A rite at Kasuga Jinja in Kushibiki-chō, Higashitagawa-gun, Yamagata prefecture on the first and second of February. The deity Bonten (Skt. Brahmadeva, originally a Vedic deity that was appropriated at an early stage of Buddhism as the ruler of the realm of desire in which our world of Saha ex...

Ogoku

A rite held late at night on October thirteenth at Usa Hachiman Jinja in Muya-chō, Naruto City, Tokushima Prefecture. Husbands, wives, and daughters from the ōtō (tōya) households responsible for making kagami mochi (pounded rice cakes used at the New Year), mushimono (steamed f...

Ohitsuosame shinji

A rite held on the autumnal equinox at Ikemiya Jinja in Ikenoyama, Hamaoka Township, Ogasa-gun, Shizuoka Prefecture. On the equinoctial day, during the shin'yo togyo (sacred palanquin procession) to the opposite shore of Sakuragaike Pond in the keidai (shrine precincts), approximately twenty young ...

Ohoko matsuri

A festival from November eighteenth to twenty-sixth at Ōmiwa Jinja in Tochigi City, Tochigi Prefecture. Another name for this shrine is Sōsha Rokusho Myōjin (the shrine that enshrines the kami from six other locations). It was the sōsha (shrine enshrining all the kami of a provi...

Ohoshizashi shinji

A rite held on January 11th at the Minami Ikura Hachiman Shrine in Ikurachō, Tamana City, Kumamoto Prefecture. Precedes the beginning of the parish festival in which the tōya (overseeing households) begin a period of purification. Those households that have been selected by lot receive a ...

Okachōtare shinji

Mosquito net-hanging rite. A festival on the seventh and eighth day of May at Tamura Jinja in Takamatsu City, Kagawa Prefecture. After the ritual transference of the kami spirit to the sacred palanquin (shin'yo), mosquito netting is suspended over the kami seat (kamikura). In the palanquin processi...

Okao shinji

A rite observed on January fifth at Hinomisaki Jinja of Taisha-chō, Hikawa–gun, Shimane Prefecture. A shinsen (sacred meal) of mochi (pounded rice cakes), red beans, rice gruel, and twelve hand-formed rice balls among other foods are offered to the kami. A banquet is also held on the sev...

Okayu shinji

Rice-gruel rites. Rites using rice gruel for toshiura (divining the year's fortune) are performed all over Japan during koshōgatsu (the "lesser" New Year) before and after January fifteenth. At Kamooya Jinja in Sakyō-ku, Kyoto, participants make rice gruel with red beans on January fiftee...

Okera matsuri

A rite held on New Year's Eve, December thirty-first, at Yasaka Jinja in Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto. Okera (a kind of chrysanthemum, actratylodes japonica) is a medicinal herb used in traditional Chinese medicine to overcome the effects of poisons. In the past this rite was also called the kezurikake sh...

Okobo matsuri

A festival held on the morning of the eighth of January at Sakai Jinja in Shimosakamoto, Ōtsu City, Shiga Prefecture. Glutinous rice (mochigome) is collected from village families and pounded into rice cake, which is then formed into a distinctive shape known as okobo mochi. The rice cake is p...

Onbashira matsuri

Sacred pillar festival. Ujiko (parishioners) hold an onbashira matsuri (pillar festival) in the fifth month of the seventh year of the tiger and monkey at Hongū (main shrine) and Zengū (front shrine) of the upper shrine (kamisha) of Suwa Taisha in Suwa City, Nagano Prefecture and at Harum...

Ōshimenawa harikae shinji

A rite performed around May fifteenth, September fifth, and December twentieth to change and reattach the rope that connects the husband and wife rocks by Futamiokitama Jinja in Futami-chō, Watarai-gun, Mie Prefecture.— Mogi Sakae

Otariya matsuri

A processional festival of Futarayama Jinja in Utsunomiya City, Tochigi Prefecture. Otariya matsuri refers to a togyo matsuri (ϸ, processional festival), and can be written with the characters Ϻ ("crossing festival"). This festival is held twice a year as a crossing into spring on January...

Otobami shinji

A major festival sponsored by the shrine association (kō) on May fifteenth at Itsukushima Jinja in Miyajima Township, Saeki-gun, Hiroshima Prefecture. There is a ritual visitation around the island to the seven Ebisu deities of the seven inlets. After the shinshoku (priests) offer norito (pray...

Oumanagashi shinji

A rite of Honmoku Jinja, Naka-ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa prefecture. It is observed on Honmoku Beach at high tide either on the first or second Sunday of August. It is called the juuniten no oumanagashi (setting adrift horses of the twelve heavenly deities, deities of the ten directions, sun, and ...

Oyama sankei

A festival from the twenty-eighth day of the seventh month to the first day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar at Iwakiyama Jinja in Iwaki Township, Tsugaru-gun, Aomori Prefecture. In thanksgiving for the autumn harvest, groups from every area of Tsugaru gather to worship, carrying large ban...

Raishi

This Shinto rite (shinji) takes place on February 13th at Okafuto Shrine in Imadate Town, Imadate County, Fukui Prefecture.Raishi is the same as a fire festival (sagichō).Raishi can also be written as hōraishi, and the name appears to come from one alternate name for the sagichō whic...



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