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Home » 5. Rites and Festivals » Individual Shrine Observances
Ikibina matsuri
Living doll festival. On April third at Ichinomiyaminashi Jinja in Hida, Miya Village, Ōno-gun, Gifu prefecture, a rite is performed in which seven women are chosen to play the role of living dolls, and are lined up in front of the kami. Afterwards the living dolls throw mochi (pounded rice cakes) to the parishioners. From April fifth and looking toward the main annual festival on May second, rehearsals for the public entertainment portion of the rites begin and a sake-making festival occurs.

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