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Home » 4. Jinja (Shrines) » Ritual Implements and Vestments
Seisō, Reisō, Jōsō
Three grades of clerical vestments. In contemporary times the formal seisō is worn at "major festivals" (taisai); the ritual reisō is worn at "intermediate festivals" (chūsai), and the everyday jōsō is worn at "regular festivals" (shōsai). Vestments for male and female priests also differ. Seisō for male priests is the ikan style, in which the priest holds a hiōgi fan (see ōgi) and wears a headdress called kanmuri with a round-collared, belted robe called a . Reisō (also designated saifuku) adopts the same headwear, but not the hiōgi fan nor the . Jōsō includes robes called kariginu or jōe and a headdress called the eboshi. In all three grades of vestment, the priest carries a ritual baton (shaku) and wears wooden shoes called asagutsu. Formal seisō for female priests adopts garments called uchiki-hakama (an uchiki jacket and hakama split skirt); ritual reisō also uses the uchiki-hakama or suikan (a robe basically similar to the male's kariginu). Everyday jōsō uses the suikan. When wearing uchiki-hakama, the woman carries a hiōgi fan, but when wearing suikan she carries a bonbori fan. The wooden clogs worn by women with all styles are called mokuri.

-Inoue Nobutaka
Kanmuri and asagutsu (ceremonial headdress and shoes)

Shinto Museum of Kokugakuin University

Vestments worn by male priests at the Hanamorisai at Niutsuhime Jinja. As this festvial falls into the category of "regular festivals" (shōsai), priests wear jōsō.

Wakayama Prefecture, 2005

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