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カテゴリー1: 5. Rites and Festivals
カテゴリー2: Individual Shrine Observances
Obi matsuri
"Obi festival." A rite of prayer for safe childbirth held once every three years from October 13-15 at Ōi Shrine in Shimada City, Shizuoka Prefecture. A daimyō gyōretsu (the reenactment of the procession of a feudal lord) follows a shin'yo togyo (portable shrine procession) with men dressed as guardsmen (ōyakko) who follow wearing at their hips a pair of two meter-long wooden swords that trail gorgeous obi (sashes) behind. The hamaori matsuri ("going down to the beach festival") held once every 12 years on the first day of the monkey in the year of the monkey at Hiyoshi Shrine in Minami-Sōma City (formerly Kajima Township, Sōma District), Fukushima Prefecture, even has a kami procession (see shinkōsai) in which decorated horses appear that have been loaded up with portable shrines (mikoshi, see shin'yo) and a pile of obi. An obi divination rite called the Hitachi obi shinji (the Hitachi Province obi rite) in ancient times took place on the 14th day of the first month at Kajima Shrine in Kajima Township, Kajima District, Ibaragi Prefecture. Men and women would write the names of their loves on obi and present them at the altar; priests (shinshoku) would then seal the bond by tying the obi together. Another tradition says that the woman would write the names of men on obi and placed them before the altar. One of these would then be flipped over, and the man whose name was written on that obi was ordained as her husband. This appears to have been practiced during the Heian period.
— Mogi Sakae

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