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Home » 5. Rites and Festivals » Individual Shrine Observances
Idori-matsuri
A rite held on the evening of November seventh at Sugawara Jinja in Noto-chō, Fugeshi-gun, Ishikawa prefecture, in which a mochi (cake of pounded rice) is handed from one group to another in the worship hall. On November first is a kuchiake matsuri (mouth-opening festival). On the third is the kometsuke (rice cooking or rice hulling), on the fifth the mochi is brought in, and with the felling of the ohake (pole with sacred paper streamers) on the eighth the festival ends. During the idori matsuri on the seventh, participants surround the large mochi and divide into two groups. The receiving side looks for defects in the mochi while criticizing the other side and challenges them with hard questions. Those on the side handing over the mochi defend themselves by piling on disputation after disputation. Idoru is said to mean ibiru, to torment.

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