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カテゴリー1: 5. Rites and Festivals
カテゴリー2: Individual Shrine Observances
Karasu sumō
"Crow sumo." Held at Kamowakeikazuchi Shrine in Kita Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture, following the the Chrysanthemum Rite (see chōyō) that takes place on September 9 (a day traditionally perceived as auspicious in Chinese thought), the day of the chōyō no sekku ("the double yang seasonal festival"). The wrestling event stands as a type of religious offering, in which shinshoku (priests) imitate the calls and movements of crows followed by bouts of sumo wrestling between children. The event is held because the Kamo clan (uji) are said to be descendants of the Yatakarasu (a great crow sent from heaven to guide Emperor Jinmu on his eastern campaign).
— Mogi Sakae

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