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カテゴリー1: 5. Rites and Festivals
カテゴリー2: Individual Shrine Observances
Hinkoko matsuri
A festival held on April 15 at Ōyada Shrine in Mino City, Gifu Prefecture. Hinkoko means doll. Thirty two-meter-tall dolls are woven from bamboo representing Susanoo and peasants, and another doll is made of the great serpent Orochi (see Yamatanoorochi). At night, the dolls drive Orochi off to the festival grounds on the side of Mt. Ryū, acompanied by the sounds of gongs and drums. At the festival grounds, the hinkoko are shaken up and down to music and rallying cries as their bearers act out the story of Susanoo quelling Orochi. When it's over, pieces of the hinkoko are distributed to the onlookers as charms for warding off ill fortune.
— Mogi Sakae

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