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Home » 5. Rites and Festivals » Individual Shrine Observances
Hinkoko matsuri
A festival held on April 15 at Ōyada Shrine in Mino City, Gifu Prefecture. Hinkoko means doll. The people make about thirty dolls two meters tall, woven from bamboo and representing Susanoo and peasant and a doll of the orochi (mythical eight-headed serpent). Late at night gongs and drums send these on their way to the festival grounds on the side of Mt. Ryū. At the festival grounds, the hinkoko are shaken up and down to music and rallying cries and they act the story of Susanoo quelling the orochi. Afterwards, pieces of the hinkoko are distributed to the onlookers as charms for warding off ill fortune.

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