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Home » 5. Rites and Festivals » Individual Shrine Observances
Warajihiki Matsuri
This festival takes place on the day of Monkey towards the end of September at Namikiri Shrine (Daiō Town, Shima County, Mie Prefecture), to pray for an abundant fish catch. In this ritual, a 3-meter-long straw sandal (waraji) is dragged around the town and then dumped in the sea along with over 60 kilograms of red rice. This is supposed to intimidate the evil giant called dandarabōshi, who lives in the ocean.

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