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Home » 5. Rites and Festivals » Individual Shrine Observances
Hato-tori matsuri
"Dove-capturing Festival." A festival held at Atago Shrine in Senmaya Town, Higashi Iwai District, Iwate Prefecture. The festival is held in mid-August, but its specific day of celebration is not fixed. A wooden figure of a phoenix called ohato ("dove") is placed on top of an unvarnished portable shrine (mikoshi) which is then paraded through town. Afterwards, the ohato is thrown to the onlookers. The name "Dove-capturing Festival" comes from the scramble that occurs when the onlookers rush to get the ohato. The person who is able to obtain the figure is said to prosper.

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