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Main Annual Rites were Served

Main Annual Rites were served from 14th to 16th September.

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On 15th, about 200 people attended Reitai-sai, the Main Annual Rite, which is the most important ritual for the shrine. Unfortunately, the procession after Reitai-sai was shortened because of the rain. The three portable shrines, however, were carried in front of the gate by local worshippers, and 8 local girls dedicated the dance called Yaotomeno-mai.

 

 

240916yabusame.JPGOn 16th, Yabusame, horse-riding archery, was performed by archers of Ogasawara-ryu. About 27,000 people gathered to see this grand ritual. The archers on galloping horses demonstrated remarkable skill and attracted the audience. 

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