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Home » 5. Rites and Festivals » Individual Shrine Observances
Karasu sumō
At Kamowakeikazuchi Jinja in Kita Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture, following the chōyō ritual (commonly called the Chrysanthemum Rite), which occurs during the chōyō no sekku on September 9 (traditionally perceived as an auspicious day, also called the Chrysanthemum Festival), shinshoku (priests) imitate the calls and movements of crows. Then children offer a dedication of sumo wrestling, called "Crow Sumo." This identification with crows is due to the fact that the Kamo clan (uji) are supposedly descendants of the Yatakarasu (the crow sent from heaven to guide Emperor Jinmu in his campaign to establish the Yamato kingdom).

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