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Home » 5. Rites and Festivals » Individual Shrine Observances
Hatsu'u matsuri
Prior to World War II, this ritual was held on the "first Day of the Rabbit" (hatsu'u) in both May and November at Sumiyoshi Shrine in Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. The seven days preceding the festival were a period of abstinence for the placation of the kami (chinsai). During this period, various taboos (kinki) were also imposed on the parishioners (ujiko). The festival traced its origins to the legend that Empress Jingū (Jingū kōgō) worshipped the Sumiyoshi kami on the Day of the Rabbit before departing on her invasion of the three kingdoms on the Korean Peninsula.

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