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Home » 5. Rites and Festivals » Individual Shrine Observances
Nusubito matsuri
This "Thief's Festival" is held on November 24 and 25 at Karino Jinja in Kaibara Town, Hikami County, Hyōgo Prefecture. The festivals name is said to derive from the legend that the shrine's enshrined deity (saijin) was chased away as a thief by the Ōyama deity. Another legend explains that the festival was so named because it is held in the tenth lunar month (kaminazuki), in the absence of all the deities who travel to Izumo at that time.
       The festival held on May 30 at Tenman Jinja in Takasago City, Hyōgo Prefecture, is also called nusubito matsuri. Long ago, the shrine's sacred treasures (shinpō) were stolen and then recovered, so this festival gives thanks for their safe return.

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