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
Himuro matsuri
"Ice storehouse festival." This rite is held from the night of May 31 to early morning on June 1 at Yatsushiro Shrine in Yatsushiro City, Kumamoto Prefecture. Newlyweds, individuals born in an inauspicious year (yakudoshi), and those celebrating their sixtieth birthday (kanreki) visit the shrine starting around midnight. The event is held on the "first day of the ice," so called because in olden times ice that had been stored since the winter would be presented to the lord of Yatsushiro on the first day of the sixth month. Special food offerings (shinsen) called yuki-mochi (snow mochi) are placed before the shrine. Worshippers buy the yuki-mochi to ward off misfortunte. If they eat it it is said they will not get palsy.
— Mogi Sakae

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