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Home » 5. Rites and Festivals » Individual Shrine Observances
Nukiho no shinji
This rice harvest ritual takes place on October 9 at Hikawa Jinja in Ōmiya City, Saitama Prefecture. Offerings presented to the shrine consist of dumplings made from grains harvested that year and of newly harvested ears of rice.
       On October 29, a nukiho ceremony occurs at Fushimi Inari Taisha in Fushimi Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture. A ritual rice harvesting takes place at the shrine's shinden (sacred field) and miko (shrine maidens) perform a rice harvest dance on stage.
       A nukiho shinji is also held at Nitta Jinja in Sendai City, Kagoshima Prefecture. Participants harvest rice after selecting an auspicious day around the time the ears have ripened, then offer the ears of rice to the shrine as shinsen (food offerings). Since some of the ears of rice harvested are not fully ripe, this ritual cannot be strictly interpreted as a harvest festival.

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