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カテゴリー1: 5. Rites and Festivals
カテゴリー2: Individual Shrine Observances
Hikiai-mochi shinji
"Tug-of-war over mochi rite." A rite at the Hachiman Shrine in Gose City, Nara Prefecture, held on the ninth day of the ninth month of the old lunar calendar. Six large round cakes of mochi are placed in straw bags called kogutsu. The kogutsu are tightly bound with cords and pulled along using a rope attached to them. The rite is a tug-of-war contest among participants over these bags. At the end, the mochi are taken out through a hole in the kogutsu and the worshippers scramble for it. Preceeding this a member of the Kagimoto family that founded the shrine and the shrine's overseer (miyamori) act out the forms (kata) of sumō wrestling. The mochi is said to be a charm for safe birth.
— Mogi Sakae

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