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カテゴリー1: 5. Rites and Festivals
カテゴリー2: Individual Shrine Observances
Chōnahajime shinji
First Planing of the Year. Held on January 11 at Hinomisaki Shrine in the town of Taisha, Hikawa District, Shimane Prefecture. After the service, the miyashō performs a ceremony at the haiden. Offerings of kelp and dried squid are heaped in earthen vessels and presented before the deity. Zenisashi (paper or straw cords used to string coins) are placed on top of rice-filled bowls; these cords are then rubbed on the surface of the lumber three times. After the sacred offerings (shinsen) are removed, the "inkcord" (jōboku) ritual is performed, and the lumber is planed with an adze.
A chōnahajime rite is also held at Mononobe Shrine in Ōda City, Shimane Prefecture, on January 7. Two carpenters mark the lumber with ink, first on the right and left ends, then again in the middle, and finally do a chōnahajime with a hatchet. They return their tools to the box, and conclude the ceremony by paying respects to the kami. In the past, carpenters in the village would not start work until this ritual was completed.
— Mogi Sakae

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