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Home » 5. Rites and Festivals » Individual Shrine Observances
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An refined observance carried out on the first day of snow, at the shrine Kitano Tenmangū, in Kamigyō ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture. At the first shrine gate (torii) is a pine tree in which the spirit of the Heian period courtier Sugawara Michizane, worshipped at Kitano Tenmangū, manifests itself on certain occasions. On the first day of snow, it is said, he temporarily rests in this tree to observe the snow fall. Thus the rituals are performed in front of that pine tree.

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