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Home » 5. Rites and Festivals » Individual Shrine Observances
Nōryō senkōsai
This ritual is held on August 7 by the Takebe Taisha, a prominent Shintō shrine in Ōtsu City, Shiga Prefecture. On August 1, after the sakaki offering ceremony (Sakakitate shinji) is held at the shrine's hall of worship (haiden), long, white cotton streamers are tied to two large sakaki branches. One of these is placed at the site from which the mikoshi (portable shrine) embarks by boat at Tachihama along the Seta River. The other one is transported by boat (the so-called sakakibune) to a temporary shrine (otabisho) which has been constructed at Kurozuhama to house the kami. The sakaki is erected there, and a ceremony is held at the site afterwards. A summer festival called Nōryō sai is held on August 7, the "festival eve festival" (yoimiya sai) is held on August 16, and the "mikoshi boat procession festival" (Senkōsai) is held as the main festival on the seventeenth of that month. During the nōryōsai on the seventh, sōmen noodles are offered to the shrine according to ancient custom.
        Nōryōsai is also the name of the "mikoshi procession festival" (owatari) held on the fourteenth and fifteenth days of the sixth lunar month by Isasumi Shrine in Aizu-Takada Town, Ōnuma County, Fukushima Prefecture. Sacred bamboo are stood at the entrance to the approaches of both the main shrine and the otabisho. The mikoshi is carried to the otabisho on the evening of the fourteenth day and summer festivities take place, then the mikoshi, and with it the kami, is returned to the main shrine the following day.

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