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181 Obi matsuri "Obi festival." A rite of prayer for safe childbirth held once every three years from October 13-15 at Ōi Shrine in Shimada City, Shizuoka Prefecture. A daimyō gyōretsu (the reenactment of the proces
182 Obotsu-kagura A term used in a region that stretches from Amami to the Okinawa archipelago that refers to the other world where the kami dwell. The words obotsu and kagura have basically the same meaning and are u
183 Ofune matsuri "Boat festival." A festival held May 4–5 at Susukigawa Shrine in Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture. The nine villages associated with the old woodlands in the area dispatch nine boats (ofune) for the
184 Ogoku "Offering." A rite held late at night on October 13 at Usa Hachiman Shrine in Muya-chō, Naruto City, Tokushima Prefecture. The husband, wife, and daughters from the parishoner household (ōtō, see tōya
185 Ohitsuosame shinji "Filled-tub rite." A rite held on the autumnal equinox at Ikemiya Shrine in Ikenoyama, Hamaoka Township, Ogasa District, Shizuoka Prefecture. On the equinoctial day, as a portable shrine procession (
186 Ohoko matsuri "Halberd festival." A festival held from November 18-26 at Ōmiwa Shrine in Tochigi City, Tochigi Prefecture. Also known as Sōja Rokusho Myōjin ("the joint shrine for powerful kami from six locations"
187 Ohoshizashi shinji "Star pointing rite." A rite held January 11th at the Minami Ikura Hachiman Shrine in Ikurachō, Tamana City, Kumamoto Prefecture. The rite begins a period of purification for the households that over
188 Okachōtare shinji "Mosquito net-hanging rite." A festival held May 7–8 at Tamura Shrine in Takamatsu City, Kagawa Prefecture. After a rite in which the kami's spirit is transferred to a portable shrine (shin'yo), mosq
189 Okao shinji "Chasing away evil kami rite." A rite held January 5 at Hinomisaki Shrine in Taisha Township, Hikawa District, Shimane Prefecture. Food offerings (shinsen) including mochi (pounded rice cakes), adzuk
190 Okayu shinji "Rice-gruel rites." Rites for divining the year's fortune (toshiura) in which rice gruel is used are performed all over Japan during koshōgatsu (the "lesser" New Year) around January 15. At Kamo
191 Okera matsuri A rite held on New Year's Eve at Yasaka Shrine in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture. Okera (a kind of chrysanthemum, actratylodes japonica) is a medicinal herb used in traditional Chines
192 Okobo matsuri A festival held the morning of January 8 at Sakai Shrine in Shimo-sakamoto, Ōtsu City, Shiga Prefecture. Glutinous rice (mochigome) is collected from village families and pounded into rice cake, whic
193 Omoro There are many varieties of ancient songs found in the area between Amami and Yaeyama. Omoro are a type of song that were sung between the 12th and the beginning of the 17th centuries in Amami and th
194 Onarigami In Okinawa there is the belief that women possess spiritual power; sisters, referred to as onarigami, use their power to spiritually protect their brothers, called umiki. When there are no sisters, p
195 Onbashira matsuri "Honored pillar festival." A festival held the fifth month of the seventh year of the tiger and monkey at the main hall (hongū) and forehall (zengū) of the upper shrine (kamisha) of Suwa Taisha in Su
196 Otariya matsuri Kami procession festivals held at Futarayama Shrine in Utsunomiya City, Tochigi Prefecture. The word "otariya" is said to refer to procession festivals (togyo matsuri) and can be written with charact
197 Otobami shinji "Bird feeding rite." A major shrine association () festival held May 15 at Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima Township, Saeki District, Hiroshima Prefecture. There is a ceremonial visitation to the sev
198 Oumanagashi shinji "Rite of setting horses adrift." A rite observed at Honmoku Shrine, Naka Ward, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture. It takes place on Honmoku Beach at high tide on either the first or second Sunday of
199 Oyama sankei "Shrine visit on the mountain." A festival held the twenty-eighth day of the seventh lunar month to the first day of the eighth lunar month at Iwakiyama Shrine in Iwaki Township, Tsugaru District, Ao
200 Raishi A rite held February 13 at Okafuto Shrine in Imadate Township, Imadate District, Fukui Prefecture. Raishi is a term for fire festival (sagichō). The name is said to derive from the fact that raishi c