Basic Terms of Shinto 神道基本用語集
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Autumn Festival, a celebration to thank the gods for an abundant harvest. Many characteristics of the aki matsuri are common to other annual shrine festivals. At the Niinamesai, celebrated on November 23 and 24, for example, the Emperor makes an offering of the first fruits of the year's grain harvest and himself partakes thereof. At the Kannamesai, celebrated at Ise no Jingû, the first fruits are offered to Amaterasu ômikami on October 15 and 16 at the Gekû (Outer Shrine) and on October 16 and 17 at the Naikû (Inner Shrine).