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Home » 5. Rites and Festivals » Individual Shrine Observances
Hara-bote matsuri
A festival on September 4–5 at Suwa Shrine in Yamanakako Village, Minami-Tsuru District, Yamanashi Prefecture. On the evening of the fourth, the sacred palanquin (mi-koshi) is transported to a temporary resting place. On the fifth when it is returned, pregnant women carry the palanquin. This is the source of its name (hara-bote means being visibly pregnant). It is said that carrying it will provide a safe birth. Another name for this festival is Safe Birth Festival.

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