Encyclopedia of Shinto
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|カテゴリー1：||5. Rites and Festivals|
|カテゴリー2：||Individual Shrine Observances|
An ancient provincial sōja (a shrine for several kami) festival held May 5 at Rokusho Shrine in the town of Ōiso, Naka District, Kanagawa Prefecture. Mikoshi (portable shrines, see shin'yo) for the five great shrines (taisha gosha) in Sagami Province (covering parts of present-day Kanagawa Prefecture) are brought together for the festival held at Ōyaba (an ancient open space in the town now  part of a park) and nearby Mt. Kamisori. The seated catechism (question and answer, zamondō) held from noon on Mt. Kamisori is said to be a ritualized representation of the struggle for ichinomiya (top-ranked shrine in a province) status between Ichinomiya Samukawa Shrine and Ninomiya Kawawa Shrine. Three times, the gūji (chief priest) of Ichinomiya and Ninomiya alternate at bringing out and spreading a tiger skin on the ground. The gūji of San'nomiya Hibita Shrine then steps forward and shouts, "Izure, myōnen made (At any rate, until next year!)." The gathered mikoshi then descend from Mt. Kamisori to Ōyaba and are set down in the park. There, a ceremony takes place for the ritualized meeting between Inadahime, the principal kami of Rokusho Shrine, and those of the other shrines. At around 6 p.m., the mikoshi are returned to their respective shrines.
— Mogi Sakae