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Home » 5. Rites and Festivals » Individual Shrine Observances
Hikime shinji
Whistling Arrow Rite. A religious archery event for the dispelling of devils at Setsubun. The rite is held on February 4 at Chūgūshi, Mt. Futara Shrine (Futara-san jinja) in Nikkō City, Tochigi Prefecture. After the ceremony, prayers for the protection of the nation are given, facing southwest, then kaburaya (arrows with turnip shaped heads) are shot. In other regions different characters are used to write hikime.

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