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Home » 4. Jinja (Shrines) » Ritual Implements and Vestments
A type of mat used when kneeling in shrine worship. Originally used as a mat when kneeling in an outdoor courtyard for official court functions, the hizatsuki was later adopted for use indoors; the mats called komo or tatami were also sometimes used instead. Today found in shrine rites, hizatsuki are typically made by folding a tatami cover in half with obverse sides facing, sewing the seams together to form a mat three shaku square (about 90 cm. on a side). The rules for ritual procedure established by the Association of Shinto Shrines (Jinja Honchō) specify procedures for laying out or folding up komo and hizatsuki.

-Inoue Nobutaka

A hizatsuki mat spread out in front of an an which functions as a platform holding ritual implements during observances.

Aichi Prefecture, 2005

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