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Home » 5. Rites and Festivals » Individual Shrine Observances
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Fire-exchange Rite. A rite from the night of July 31 to August 1, held at Sumiyoshi Shrine (Sumiyoshi taisha) in Sumiyoshi Ward, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture. The summer purification ceremonies (nagoshi no harae) are held on the thirty-first. On August 1, the sacred palanquin (mi-koshi) is transported to its temporary resting place (o-tabisho) at Ōhama shoreline in Sakai City. Because the people from Sakai who have gone out to greet it have lit their pine torches (taimatsu) by passing the fire from one person to the next, it is called the Fire-exchange Rite. The lavish procession of the divinity is called the Sumiyoshi Southern Festival.

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