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
Mimashie Matsuri
A rite held from January 1 to 3 at Kibitsu Shrine in Okayama City, Okayama Prefecture. Shitogi, a type of mochi made for such purposes, is offered up in a kettle left in the Mi-kama-den, the most sacred of halls. The kettle begins to whistle when the fire is lit in the hearth. The festival is a rite for divining the fortunes of the upcoming year (toshiura), determined by the way the kettle whistles. In the past, aged shrine maidens (miko) known as asome would cook food offerings and priests (shinshoku) would chant the purification rituals of the Nakatomi clan (Nakatominoharae) and pray for the land to be at peace.
— Mogi Sakae

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