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カテゴリー1: 5. Rites and Festivals
カテゴリー2: Individual Shrine Observances
Hikimen Gokitō
"Whistling invocations." An archery rite held at the shrine Fūrō-gū in Ōkawa City, Fukuoka Prefecture, from the twenty-eight day of the third month to the second day of the fourth month of the old lunar calendar. Shrine officials (shinshoku) take up bows and arrows referred to as ame-no-kago-yumi and ame-no-haba-ya, respectively, and shoot kaburaya (arrows with turnip-shaped heads). Since the holes in the kaburaya make a whistling sound, they were known as hibiki-me (noise holes) and this is said to have been shortened to hikimen. The seven households that carry out the hikimen rite are said to descend from the retainers of the kami Azumi-no-Isora. Participants hold ceremonies the following day (the third of the fourth month) on boats offshore in the Ariake Sea. This is called the oki-mairi ("offshore pilgrimage"). The rite has its origins in the invocations made to the sea divinities (kaijin) to calm the elements when the legendary Empress Jingū (see Okinagatarashihime) went to subjugate the three kingdoms on the Korean Peninsula.
— Mogi Sakae

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