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En'nichi
This word is used at both Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, but in Shinto it refers to a day that holds special meaning for a particular shrine such as its founding day, the day the Shrine's "enshrined kami" (saijin) descended, a day an important oath was taken, or any other such day of ritual importance. In many cases, there is an accompanying belief that when one goes to pray (sankei) at the shrine on that day, the benefits of those prayers will be greater than usual. A shrine does not necessarily have only one ennichi per year, and in fact some shrines have as many as five or ten. An example of a famous shrine's ennichi is the "Tenjinsan no hi" at Kyoto's Kitano Tenmangu which occurs on the twenty-fifth day of every month. On that day throngs of visitors come, and one can see stalls and kiosks lined up and crowded into the shrine approaches and nearby roads. See also saijitsu

— Inoue Nobutaka
En'nichi at the time of a festival at Shinagawa Jinja (within the shrine precincts)

Tokyo, 2007

©Ichida Masataka

En'nichi at the time of a festival at Shinagawa Jinja (approaching the shrine)

Tokyo, 2007

©Ichida Masataka

The atmosphere of the en'nichi during the Tsuinashiki held on February 3 at Nagata Jinja.

Hyōgo prefecture, 2006

©Ōsawa Kōji

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