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Rengaku

This is a night festival on August 31 where people carrying portable shrines parade (togyo) about 4 kilometers from Togi-Hachiman Shrine to Sumiyoshi Shrine in Togi Town, Hakui County, Ishikawa Prefecture. It is said that in the distant past, Hachimandaijin was in distress offshore and was rescued ...

Ryūsei Matsuri

This daytime festival takes place on October 5 at Muku Shrine in Yoshida Town, Chichibu County, Saitama Prefecture. A tower (yagura) and launch-pad are built on small hill behind the shrine. Gunpowder is stuffed inside of bamboo tube fifty centimeters in length and about ten centimeters in diameter...

Saikusa matsuri

This ritual takes place on June 17 at the sessha of Ōmiya Jinja, Isakawa Jinja, in Nara City, Nara Prefecture. The ceremony begins at around ten in the morning. Four miko (female shrine attendants) perform an offertory dance with torimono (props) made from saigusa no hana, a flower related to ...

Sakaero matsuri

This ritual occurs on the evening of February 9 at Mononobe Jinja in Kashiwazaki City, Niigata Prefecture. The ujiko (parishioners) gather at the haiden and chant, "Daimonmae no sakuranbo, yae ni saite ho o tareta, sakaero sakaero" ("Cherry tree before the great gate, with boundless blossoms on you...

Sakaki gidō

This ritual takes place at Shikanoumi Jinja in Higashi Ward, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture on the evening of February 13. Participants collect sakaki branches from Kamiyama Mountain and distribute them throughout the village, purifying all of the homes.— Mogi Sakae

Sakaki matsuri

The sakaki matsuri takes place on August 15 at Ōtomo Jinja in Kitasaku County, Nagano Prefecture. This violent festival is a roughhousing competition, where participants fashion branches of Japanese Oak (nara) into two rods known as sakakisama. All the participants attach branches of sakaki to...

San'nōsai

The festival takes place from June 10 through 16 at Hie Jinja in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo. During the Kan'ei era (1624—1644), the san'nōsai was deemed one of the great festivals of Edo. Later, together with the kanda matsuri, it was called one of the unequaled festivals of Japan (tenka matsur...

Sanaburi shinji

The sanaburi shinji occurs during the last ten days of June, sixty days after seeds have been planted, at Awa Jinja in Tateyama City, Chiba Prefecture. Early in the morning on the day of the ritual, participants take seedlings from the rice seedling beds, offer them to the kami, and hold a ceremony...

Sarutori matsuri

This ritual originally took place on the first sarutori day of the eleventh month of the lunar calendar, but is now held on December 4 and 5 at Tsuno Jinja in Koyu County, Miyazaki Prefecture. After the festival, a ritual kagura performance takes place before a large pile of chinquapin branches (sh...

Seihakusai

This festival takes place from the May 13 through 15 at Ōtokonushi Jinja in Nanao City, Ishikawa Prefecture. The name comes from the special offerings (shinsen) presented on young oak trees (aokashiwa, an alternative reading of this word is seihaku). Also, three floats (dashi) with revolving s...

Shichijūgo musubi matsuri

"Seventy-five Times Bound Festival." This is an annual festival taking place on September 16 at Togakushi Jinja Kuzuryū Daimyōjin in Wara Village, Gujō County, Gifu Prefecture. On the day of the festival, two large floats known as ōyamayatai (see dashi) are decorated with mechan...

Shikaura shinji

This ritual takes place on December 8 at Ichinomiya Nukisaki Jinja in Tomioka City, Gunma Prefecture. Participants burn deer bones to predict whether there will be fires in the region. In its capacity as the ichinomiya for Kōzuke no kuni (the ancient name for Gunma Prefecture), the kami from t...

Shinane matsuri

This festival occurs at Tosa Jinja in Kōchi City, Kōchi Prefecture on August 24 and 25. In the past, this festival was known as the Tosa Boat Festival (Tosa ofune asobi). After a ceremony, the shin'yo (sacred palanquin) makes its sacred procession (togyo) to a spot in front of the third t...

Shinkenhōten shinji

"Offering the sacred sword to heaven." The shinkenhōten shinji occurs on New Year's Eve at Hinomisaki Jinja in Taisha City, Hikawa County, Shimane Prefecture. Lighting a sacred fire and performing a rigorous purification (saikai mokuyoku), the gūji climbs Amagatsuyama Mountain in the dead...

Shinkōsai

The shinkō (sacred procession) is an essential element of nearly all shrine festivals. The festival that takes place on May 4 at Toga Jinja in Ichinomiya Town, Hoi County, Aichi Prefecture is used as an example here, as this particular festival represents the collected the beliefs of the ichin...

Shioyu

On the fourteenth day of the sixth month of the lunar calendar at Sumiyoshi Shrine (Sumiyoshi Taisha) in Sumiyoshi Ward, Ōsaka City, Ōsaka Prefecture, the shin'yo (sacred palanquin) used in the nagoshi matsuri on July 31 is carried to the shore on the western side of the shrine for a ritu...

Shioyutori shinji

"Saltwater Collection Ritual." There is a ritual saltwater collection held on August 4 at Kitaoka Jinja in Kumamoto City, Kumamoto Prefecture. This ritual immediately precedes the annual shinkō high ritual. Early in the morning, the shinshoku and a representative (sōdai) of the ujiko (par...

Shirihineri matsuri

"Bottom-pinching festival." The shirihineri matsuri takes place on June 14 at Nishinomiya Jinja in Nishinomiya City, Hyōgo Prefecture. The origins of this festival lie in folklore. When the saijin (enshrined kami), Ebisu, was in the middle of relocating to the region, he dozed off. In an attem...

Shiritsumami matsuri

The shiritsumami matsuri (Buttock Pinching Festival) occurs on November 10 at Otonashi Jinja in Itō City, Shizuoka Prefecture. The ritual takes place in complete darkness and even speaking is strictly forbidden, so as cups of sacred sake are passed around, attendees pinch one another's buttock...

Shirongo masturi

The shirongo matsuri is a festival specifically for women divers (ama) that takes place on the July 11 at Shirohige Jinja in Toba City, Mie Prefecture. Early in the morning, divers from the Shima area gather on the beach and begin an abalone collecting competition at the sound of a conch shell. A c...



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