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カテゴリー1 5. Rites and Festivals
カテゴリー2 Individual Shrine Observances
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Text A rite reenacting thekuniyuzurimyth from Kojiki and Nihonshoki. It is performed over a period of thirteen days around April 7 at the Miho Shrine in Mihoseki, Yatsuka-gun, Shimane Prefecture. The rite is based on the myth in which Kotoshironushi built an enclosure fenced with green brushwood in the sea and hid his boat after having ceded the land. A temporary structure is constructed for the rite by tying together two fishing vessels and surrounding them with green brushwood in the form of a fence. A large fishing flag (used by fishing boats to announce an abundant catch) is raised and two groups of shrine supporters (tōya) climb into their respective boats. A miko dance is performed in another boat to the accompaniment of drums and other musical instruments. After this the ships are brought to the shore in front of the shrine. Having presented gohei (sacred paper streamers) cut in a wave pattern, both groups make offerings to the kami.
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