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カテゴリー1: 5. Rites and Festivals
カテゴリー2: Individual Shrine Observances
Retreat at Hayama. A festival held between the fifteenth and the eighteenth day of the eleventh month of the lunar calendar at Kuronuma Shrine, Fukushima City, Fukushima Prefecture. According to a local legend, a long time ago, when the nearby hamlet of Kanisawa was being attacked by a giant crab the size of a tatami mat, seven families found shelter at Kuronuma Shrine. There they received an oracle (takusen) which enabled them to get rid of the crab. It is said that a giant serpent (orochi) in the Abukuma River was also defeated thanks to a takusen from this shrine. The festival is held to commemorate these two events. Rites of obeisance and mochi-making are held on the fifteenth. On the sixteenth, worshippers staying overnight at the small shrines, get naked in order to perform the yoisa rite, a pantomime of rice cultivation. At dawn on the eighteenth, after having been purified with water, the worshippers climb Mt. Hayama to recite ritual incantations (norito). There, an officiant known as the noriwara acts as a medium for oracles predicting the weather, harvest and calamities for the coming year.
— Mogi Sakae

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