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|
"Flower-picking Festival." Held on April 13 and 14 at Ōtori Shrine (Ōtori Jinja) in Sakai City, Ōsaka Prefecture. Young children in festive costumes, "blossom gathering girls" (hanatsumime) and a flower-decorated float (hanaguruma) pulled along by several tens of men accompany the portable shrine (mikoshi) transporting the kami as it travels down Ōtori Avenue to the "place of temporary enshrinement" (angūsho). Here, a ceremony is held in which fish caught by local fishermen is presented as offerings (shinsen) to the deity. The "blossom-gathering girls" also make offerings of mustard seed blossoms, ears of barley and other seasonal flowers. Flower baskets used to be offered in earlier times. According to one explanation, the purpose of the festival is to take the enshrined kami on a flower-viewing (hanami) tour.
— Mogi Sakae