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Home » 5. Rites and Festivals » Individual Shrine Observances
Nenneko shinji
To pray for an easy childbirth and the healthy growth of children, this ritual is held on December 1 at Konoha Shrine in Koza Town, Higashi-Muro County, Wakayama Prefecture. From around 9:30 a.m., the baby nursing ritual (Komori no shinji) begins. Rice sacks, straw mats, and pillows—all in the shape of breasts—are presented as offerings and norito prayers are chanted. After these ceremonies, the shrine priests (shinshoku) and worshippers sing "Nenneko, nenneko." Many of the worshippers attend the event with their infants.

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