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Home » 5. Rites and Festivals » Individual Shrine Observances
Hanamori matsuri
"Heaping of Flowers Festival." An observance held on April 22 at Niutsuhime Shrine (Niutsuhime jinja) in Katsuragi Town, Ito District, Wakayama Prefecture. The name is derived from the fact that alongside the standard food offerings (shinsen) for the kami, cherry blossoms are piled up and offered. The kamuri and eboshi types of ceremonial headdress worn by the shrine priests (shinshoku) and musicians are also adorned with cherry blossoms. Participants attach small branches of cherry blossoms to their chests.

— Mogi Sakae
Hanamori matsuri at Nyutsuhime Jinja

Wakayama Prefecture, 2005

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