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カテゴリー1: 5. Rites and Festivals
カテゴリー2: Individual Shrine Observances
Hiburi shinji
Fire-Waving Rite. Held at the San-no-Miya of Aso Shrine in the town of Ichinomiya, Aso District, Kumamoto Prefecture, this rite marks the sacred marriage between the enshrined deity Toshinegami, who is the deity of rice, and Hime-gozen. In mid- to late March, on a saru (monkey) day in the old lunar calendar, two shrine officials (shinshoku) go to Oimatsu Shrine in Akamizu, Aso Town, to perform the ceremony welcoming Hime-gozen (gozenmukae) with an oak cut down on the sacred mountain and stripped of its bark being used to represent the deity. Along the route of their return trip they receive food offerings and apply shidogi (a type of mochi) makeup to the effigy. In the evening, they arrive at Aso Shrine and perform the sacred marriage ritual. The effigies of Toshine-no-kami and Hime-gozen are then placed in portable shrines (mikoshi, see shin'yo) and carried about town. Townspeople line up along the route of their procession to offer their congratulations and greet them by waving torches (taimatsu) made of bundled grasses (kaya) that have been set alight.
— Mogi Sakae

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