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Home » 4. Jinja (Shrines) » Ritual Implements and Vestments
Also called koshidaka, a single-legged standing tray for presenting offerings (shinsen) and thought to be identical to an item called takasuki in the Engishiki's section on the Great Festival of Enthronement (Daijōsai). Originally a stand for holding food or other objects, the takatsuki was made of wood or pottery. Those taking the form of a serving tray (oshiki) with stand were called oshiki-takatsuki. In some cases, the takatsuki is used as a stand to hold a separate offering tray (oshiki) on top. The ritual etiquette for using this type is specified in the rules for ritual procedure established by the Association of Shinto Shrines (Jinja Honchō). When presenting an offering on an oshiki-takatsuki, the officiant grasps the stand's leg with the right hand and holds the edge of the oshiki tray with the left, placing the thumb on the edge, with the other fingers underneath, holding the tray at eye level.

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