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Home » 5. Rites and Festivals » Individual Shrine Observances
Momitawara tsuri
This rite takes place on the eve of the Festival of Prayer for Agricultural Fertility (kinensai) in February at Kuroshima Shrine in Ikenojiri Town, Kan'onji City, Kagawa Prefecture. In the precincts of the shrine (keidai) a tower (yagura) is built from black woods and festive bamboos (imidake) are set up at four corners of the top of the tower. Food and wine offerings for the kami (shinsen) are served and a ceremony is held. The person who is in charge of the festival (tōya) hangs five straw sacks from each imidake, for a total of 20 rice sacks (momitawara). The year-end festival (toshikoshisai) is held and unhusked rice seeds (tanemomi) are distributed. Under the yagura the Sanuki kagura, will be performed throughout the night. On the following day, an archery rite called momote shinji takes place.

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