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Home » 5. Rites and Festivals » Individual Shrine Observances
Himuro matsuri
Ice storehouse festival. A rite held from the night of May 31 to early morning June 1, at Yatsushiro Shrine (Yatsushiro gū) in Yatsushiro City, Kumamoto Prefecture. Newly weds, individuals born in an inauspicious year (yakudoshi), and those celebrating their sixtieth birthday (kanreki) worship from late at night. The first day of the sixth month is called "The first day of the ice", and this ceremony is held on that day. It originates in a tradition of presenting ice that had been stored since the winter to the lord of Yatsushiro (ͼ). Special food offerings (shinsen) called snow-mochi are placed before the shrine.This snow-mochi dispels mis-fortune and is bought by the worshippers. If they eat it it is said they will not get palsy.

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