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カテゴリー1: 5. Rites and Festivals
カテゴリー2: Individual Shrine Observances
Hassaku matsuri
The term hassaku refers to the first day of the eighth lunar month and the term hassaku matsuri encompasses a variety of observances held to appeal to the kami for a plentiful harvest. The hassaku matsuri at Matsunoo Shrine (Matsunoo Taisha) in Nishikyō Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture is held on the first Sunday in September, which is actually one month later than the first day of the eight lunar month, the original date for the celebration of the festival. The Tanomi shinji held on September 13 at Aguchi Shrine in Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture, is also a hassaku festival, in which local farming households present the first ears of rice from the new harvest as offerings. On September 1, Iwakiyama Shrine in Iwaki Town, Naka-Tsugaru District, Aomori Prefecture, and Dewa Sanzan Shrine in Haguro Town, Higashi-Tagawa District, Yamagata Prefecture perform rituals called Tanomosai in order to secure a bountiful harvest. Similar hassaku observances are held at Ono Shrine in Shiojiri City, Nagano Prefecture, where the rite is called Tanomosai, at Ōhirasan Shrine in Hirai District, Tochigi City, Tochigi Prefecture, and at Ōarai Isozaki Shrine in Ōarai Town, Higashi-Ibaraki County, Ibaraki Prefecture. All these observances represent instances in which the folk custom of offering freshly harvested rice in order to entreat the kami for a successful harvest has become an annual festival.
— Mogi Sakae

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