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Home » 5. Rites and Festivals » Individual Shrine Observances
Ōgi matsuri
Fan festival. A summer festival on July fourteenth at Kumano Nachi Taisha in Nachi Katsuura-chō, Higashi Muro-gun, Wakayama prefecture. Twelve fan shinyo (sacred palanquins) process from the main shrine to Hiryū Jinja, which stands in front of the Nachi Falls. Because the fan palanquins are met by twelve large hand-held torches, it is also known as Nachi no hi matsuri (Nachi fire festival). Each fan palanquin is decorated with thirty-two open fans, eight mirrors and an uncultivated plant of an iridaceous variety called hiōgi (the "hi" of hiōgi being the same as the "hi" of Hiryū Jinja, the "hi" of the hiōgi plant plays on the "hi" meaning "fire" in hi matsuri "fire festival," and the "ōgi" of the hiōgi plant plays on "ōgi" meaning "fan"). Before the procession begins there are Yamato dances and Nachi dengaku (field-planting dances) within the keidai (shrine precincts) of the main shrine. After the procession, field harvesting and other dances are performed in front of the falls.

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