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カテゴリー1: 5. Rites and Festivals
カテゴリー2: Individual Shrine Observances
Nanohana matsuri
"Rape blossom festival." A rite held the first day of the snake in April at Fushimi Inari Shrine in Fushimi Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture. Ceremonies that function as rites to indicate the start of a period of astinence (monoimi) for the festival are held at the shrine's northern and southern temporary sancturies (otabiden), where rape blossoms (nanohana) are offered as special food offerings (shinsen). When this is complete, branches of sakaki are affixed to the torii at the otabisho (a facility used as a temporary resting point for portable shrines during a ritual procession) in a practice called imisashi (literally "piercing through pollution"). Sakaki branches are also stuck in the front door of each household in the five neighborhoods visited by the portable shrines (shin'yo). A ritual procession of the kami (shinkōsai) takes place the following day.
— Mogi Sakae

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