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Home » 5. Rites and Festivals » Individual Shrine Observances
Nanohana matsuri
This ritual is held on the first Day of the Snake in April at Fushimi Inari Taisha in Fushimi Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture. As rituals indicating the start of a period of abstinence for the festival, ceremonies are held at both the northern and southern temporary shrines (otabiden), then rape blossoms (nanohana) are offered as a special food offering (shinsen). Afterward, in a practice called imisashi (roughly, "piercing through all pollution"), sakaki branches are attached to the torii of the otabisho (temporary shrine, the destination of the mikoshi sacred palanquin during the sacred procession). Sakaki branches are also attached to each household's front door in the five parish communities visited by the mikoshi. The shinkōsai (sacred procession) takes place the following day.

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