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|
"Shrine visit on the mountain." A festival held the twenty-eighth day of the seventh lunar month to the first day of the eighth lunar month at Iwakiyama Shrine in Iwaki Township, Tsugaru District, Aomori Prefecture. Groups from around Tsugaru carrying large banners and ritual wands (heisoku, see gohei) gather for this shrine visit held to offer thanks for the autumn harvest. In the middle of the night, young men in white robes proffering ritual wands chant "saigi, saigi,dokkosaigi" (the chant asks for pardon from sins and that the body be purified) to the accompaniment of a flute and drum festival ensemble. They climb the mountain in groups segregated by village and at sunrise worshipfully gaze upon dawn's rays from the Iwakiyama inner shrine (okumiya) on the mountaintop. The event is held to acknowledge a young person's passage into adulthood.
— Mogi Sakae