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Home » 5. Rites and Festivals » Individual Shrine Observances
Distributing Stakes. A ta-asobi (a pantomime of planting and harvesting) rite held on February 13, at Ugan Shrine in Ikeda Town, Imadate County, Fukui Prefecture. Participants wearing old women's and old men's masks act out rice cultivation, inserting trees into kagami-mochi that are about sixty centimeters in diameter and holding things representing hoes. Finally, five stakes about one hundred-eight centimeters long are thrown before the shrine. Local parishioners (ujiko) scramble for these, and those gaining bang them all the way around the shrine buildings. This is a religious event praying for good harvest.

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