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カテゴリー1: 5. Rites and Festivals
カテゴリー2: Individual Shrine Observances
Hatsuyuki matsuri
A refined observance carried out on the first day of snow, at Kitano Tenmangū Shrine, in Kamigyō ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture. According to a local legend, the spirit of Sugawara Michizane, a Heian-period courtier enshrined at Kitano Tenmangū as Tenjin, occasionally reveals itself under the pine tree (yōgō no matsu) at the shrine's first gate (torii). It is said that on the first snow day, the deity descends on this pine tree to observe the snow. For this reason, the ritual service is performed in front of the tree.
— Mogi Sakae

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