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カテゴリー1: 5. Rites and Festivals
カテゴリー2: Individual Shrine Observances
Hatsuho matsuri
A festival celebrating the first ears of rice harvested is held on October 15 at Ikukunitama Shrine in Tennōji Ward, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture. Formerly held on the twenty-eighth day of the ninth lunar month. Bamboo baskets containing the rice ears, are taken by twelve young girls acting as food servers from the shinsensho, where food offerings are prepared, and presented before a portable shrine (mikoshi) in front of the inner sanctuary (honden). Norito incantations are recited by the chief priest (gūji), followed by the formal offering of tamagushi, as well as other ceremonies, and a kagura dance is performed. This festival is considered to form a pair with Sanae matsuri (Rice Sprouts Festival), a rice-planting observance held at the shrine on May 28.
— Mogi Sakae

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