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カテゴリー1: 5. Rites and Festivals
カテゴリー2: Individual Shrine Observances
Okao shinji
"Chasing away evil kami rite." A rite held January 5 at Hinomisaki Shrine in Taisha Township, Hikawa District, Shimane Prefecture. Food offerings (shinsen) including mochi (pounded rice cakes), adzuki-bean gruel, and 12 hand-formed rice balls are presented to the kami. A banquet is also held on the seventh. The name of the rite comes from a tradition that holds that: "during the night of the 14th on the first month of the third year in the Tengen era (980 CE), the heavens were suddenly clouded over, and the voice of the great kami reverberated from the sky. 'There are evil kami gathered in this place. If you prepare food offerings, wrap them in seaweed, present them at the altar, and then send them out to sea, the evil kami will likely leave.'  This rite began due to the a banquet having been offered up the following morning just as the voice prescribed."  At present, the shrine continues to observe only the banquet rite on the 7th.
— Mogi Sakae

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