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Home » 5. Rites and Festivals » Individual Shrine Observances
Hikiai-mochi shinji
Tug-of-War of the Mochi Rite. A rite at the Hachiman Shrine in Gose City, Nara Prefecture, held on the ninth day of the ninth month of the old lunar calendar. Six large round mochi are placed in straw bags called kogutsu. The kogutsu is tightly bound with cords then pulled along with a rope. The participants engage im a rite of tug-of-war over this. Finally, the mochi are removed from a hole in the kogutsu and the worshippers scramble for it. Preceeding this a member of the Kagimoto family, the founding family of the shrine and the overseer of the shrine (miyamori) act out forms of sumō wrestling. The mochi is said to be a charm for safe birth.

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