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Shishigari

On March 12, Shikanoumi Jinja in Shikashima, Higashi Ward, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture conducts a planting, fishing, and hunting festival known as the shishigari. After a ceremony, rituals celebrating planting, fishing and hunting, and the kami of the mountain (yamahome, a ritual related to fo...

Shōreisai

The shōreisai takes place from December 31 to January 1 at Idewa Mitsuyama Jinja (Idewa Jinja) in Haguro Town, Higashitagawa County, Yamagata Prefecture. It is also known as the toshiya matsuri. Idewa Mitsuyama Jinja is a composite of Gassan, Hagurosan, and Yudonosan Shrines, which all share a...

Suhōtei shinji

The suhōtei shinji takes place at Iminomiya Jinja in Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, from August 7 through 13 and is a festival with offerings of large banners. The festival supposedly began with the celebration following Emperor Chūai's subjugation of the Kumaso (Southern Kyū...

Sumō shinji

This festival is also known as the sōmoku shinji. Sumō has long been an important part of Japanese festivals. The number of shrines that incorporate sacred sumō (shiyūhaira) as part of their rituals — such the kamisumō match held at the end of Suwa Taisha Shrine's ofun...

Sumōesai

The sumōesai takes place on October 13 at Sumiyoshi Jinja in Hakata Ward, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture. After the ceremony, an offertory sumō match occurs. The ancient origin of the festival is said to date from the time of the Empress Jingū. When the Empress returned in triumph ...

Sumomo matsuri

The sumomo matsuri is a festival held on July 20 at Ōkunitama Jinja in Fuchū City, Tokyo Prefecture, in which special offerings (shinsen) of plums and rice with chestnuts (kurimeshi) are offered to the kami. Eating the plums on the day of the festival is believed to exorcise evil spirits ...

Sunayama matsuri

This ritual takes place on the fifth month of the fifth day of the lunar calendar at Isasumi Jinja in Aizutakada Town, Ōnuma County, Fukushima Prefecture. Two mounds of sand are constructed in the keidai (shrine grounds) as the ritual space (saijō). The shiogamakami (kami of the urn for m...

Ta'asobi

Rice planting festivals. Centered upon shrines in the Kinki, Tōkai, Izumo, Kita Kyūshū, Minami Kyūshū and the Wakasa regions, ta asobi traditions are widely practiced. At present, there are approximately three hundred fifty places where the tradition is recognized. Largely ...

Taihei shinji

This festival occurs on June 8 at Agata Jinja and Uji Jinja in Uji City, Kyōto Prefecture. This day marks the return (kankōsai) of the kamisha (mountainside or upper shrine, see yamamiya) and shimosha (townside shrine, see satomiya) from the otabisho (temporary resting spot) after their t...

Tamakae shinji

The Tamakae shinji (Ball-exchanging ritual) takes place on the evening of January 15 at Kōra Taisha in Kurume City, Fukuoka Prefecture. The ritual occurs with the presentation of a golden ball and a silver ball as well as offerings (shinsen) before the kami (shinzen). At eleven o'clock a perso...

Tamasaki jūnisha matsuri

The Tamasaki jūnisha matsuri (Tamasaki twelve-shrine festival) is a joint festival (sōja sairei) held from September 10 through 13 at Tamasaki Jinja in the town of Ichinomiya, Chōsei County, Chiba Prefecture. The festival is also known as the Ichinomiya no hadaka matsuri (Ichinomiya ...

Tauchimai shinji

"Groundbeating Dance Ritual." This ritual is held at Samukawa Jinja in Samukawa Town, Kōza County, Kanagawa Prefecture on February 17. It is also called fukutanemaki ("Sowing the Seeds of Fortune"). At the haiden (hall of worship), a shinshoku (priest) wearing an Okina mask pantomimes tilling ...

Tendōsha matsuri

Rituals observing hatsu'uma (the first day of the horse) in the sixth month of the lunar calendar are conducted at Wadatsumi Jinja in Mine Town, Kami-Agata County, Nagasaki Prefecture. After three young men are chosen as the tōban (people who are in charge of the ritual for that year), they le...

Tennō matsuri

The tennō matsuri is held on the fourth Saturday and Sunday of July at Tsushima Jinja in Tsushima City, Aichi Prefecture. On Saturday, in the early evening there is a ceremony, then at night people float five "festival cart" (danjiri, see dashi) boats on the vast pond that was once Tennō ...

Teppō matsuri

This "gun festival" is an annual festival (reisai) held on April 17 at Hozumi Jinja in Shizuoka City, Shizuoka Prefecture. The shrine is also called Ryūsō-sama, and has attracted the faith of hunters as the kami of hunting. Especially during war years, Ryūsō became a "faddish de...

Tezutsu shinji

This ritual is conducted during the gion matsuri (Gion Festival), which is held from July 13 to 15 at Yoshida Jinja in Toyohashi City, Aichi Prefecture. Also called the Yoshida Tennō Festival, from long ago the Gion Festival has been well known along the "Eastern Sea Route" (Tōkaidō)...

Tōka sai

This "Peach Blossom Festival" is held from April 1 to 3 at Masumida Jinja in Ichinomiya City, Aichi Prefecture. It celebrates the enshrinement of the saijin (deity of the shrine), Amenoho no Akari no mikoto, which took place on the third day of the third month of the lunar calendar. In ancient time...

Tōka shinji

This ritual is held on January 4 at Sumiyoshi Taisha in Sumiyoshi Ward, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture. It is also called the fukumochi shinji (Good Fortune Mochi Ritual). In front of the kami, the fukuromochi yaku (bag holder), carrying a bag filled with small rice cakes (mochi), and the zubae yaku ...

Tōnin gyōji

This ritual is held on July 7 at Tōko Yasaka Jinja (also known as Gozu Tennō Shrine) in Tennō Town, Minimi-Akita County, Akita Prefecture. This shrine is the tutelary shrine of both Tennō Town and Funakoshi Town in Oga City, Akita County. Its saijin (enshrined deity) is Susano'o...

Tōrō shinji

This "lantern festival" is held on July 25 at Iyahiko Jinja in Yahiko Village, Nishi-Kanbara County, Niigata Prefecture. A "flower lantern" (hana tōrō) is a platform approximately two and a half meters wide, one hundred twenty centimeters long, and eighty centimeters high, with a small pa...



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