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Home » 5. Rites and Festivals » Individual Shrine Observances
Nedari matsuri
This festival is held on the first Day of the Rooster in November at Toyosumi Jinja in Yui Town, Ihara County, Shizuoka Prefecture. For the ritual banquet meal, priests place winter cod, sea bream, and abalone on cutting blocks and present them to participants. The size of each type of seafood is fixed, and participants complain if any of the three are absent or are smaller than usual. The cooking is also criticized. The shrine priests (shinshoku) try to defend themselves but their excuses are mostly ignored and the ritual ends when the shinshoku eventually flee the scene. This ritual seems to fall into the same category as the akutai matsuri.

— Mogi Sakae
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