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カテゴリー1: 5. Rites and Festivals
カテゴリー2: Individual Shrine Observances
Nukiho no shinji
"Harvested rice ear rite." A rite held October 9 at Hikawa Shrine in Ōmiya City, Saitama Prefecture. Dumplings made from grains harvested that year are presented before the altar along with newly harvested ears of rice.
On October 29, a harvested rice ear festival (nukihosai) is held at Fushimi Inari Shrine in Fushimi Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture. Rice ears are harvested from the fields attached to the shrine (shinden) and shrine maidens (miko) perform a rice harvest dance on stage.
A nukiho shinji is also held at Nitta Shrine in Sendai City, Kagoshima Prefecture. An auspicious day around the time the ears have ripened is chosen for harvesting rice ears, which are then presented at the shrine as food offerings (shinsen). Since the ears of rice harvested are not yet fully ripe, the ritual cannot be strictly interpreted as a harvest festival.
— Mogi Sakae

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