NIPPON Kichi - 日本吉

2007/7/19

志那祢祭 Shinane-sai Shinane Festival

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Shinane Festival is held on August 24 and 25 at Shinane Shrine, or popularly called Shinane-sama, in Kochi City, Kochi Prefecture. It is counted as one of the three largest festivals in Kochi Prefecture. Shinane Shrine enshrines Ajisuki Takanehiko no Mikoto (a son of Okuninushi no Mikoto) and Hitokotonushi no Mikoto. Since its foundation in the latter half of the 5th century, many people have prayed here for prosperity in industry, safety at sea and in traffic, curing illness and family safety.

The festival begins with the dedication of the drum and kagura dance performance on the evening of 24th. The 300 m long front approach is lined with night stalls and crowded with thousands of visitors. On the 25th, an old ritual of transferring the sacred body from the shrine hall to mikoshi (the portable shrine) is carried out in the solemn music of Shinto flute, Japanese flute and drums. After the ceremony, the mikoshi makes its sacred procession to a temporary resting spot.

As it is said that when Shinane-sama is over, the summer is over, too, the festival has become the event that tells people the turn of the seasons.

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2-16-1 Ichinomiya Shinane, Kochi, Kochi Prefecture 781-8131
name
Tosa Shrine
phone
088-845-1096




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