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Home » 5. Rites and Festivals » Individual Shrine Observances
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Fire-Starting Rite. A rite on the night of November 23, at Kanasana Shrine (Kanasana jinja) in Kamikawa Town, Kodama District, Saitama Prefecture. In the dark, a sacred fire is started by ancient methods (e.g. striking flints, tinder etc.). A rite for the dispelling of illness and disease. The origin of the event is said to be based on the legend of Yamato Takeru, who experienced trouble with wildfires when on an expedition to the East.

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