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Home » 5. Rites and Festivals » Individual Shrine Observances
Hataori shinji
Also known as the Yamaguchi festival, this ritual is an annual observance (reisai) held on October 27 and 28 at Nikabe Shrine in Yamaguchi City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. Formerly, on the occasion of annual observances on the days of the Snake and Horse in the ninth lunar month, a loom-weaving ritual (hataori shinji) and archery on horseback (yabusame) were performed at this shrine. For the loom-weaving ritual, women of myōbu and naishi rank were chosen to prepare food offerings for the kami (shinsen), and a Weaver Princess (orihime) was also chosen. The Weaver Princess entered the shrine's Loom-Weaving Hall (hataoriden) and hung woven robes on a kimono rack to present them as sacred offerings. Today, this ceremony remains only in form.

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