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Tsurugaoka Hachimangu completed the Year-end Cleaning with "Susuharai¬-shiki" on 13th December

2017susu.JPGSusuharai is one of Japanese year end custom that people clean up everywhere in the house, and traditionally it was started on 13th December. “Susuharai” literally means to sweep soot, and has a religious significance to begin the New Year preparation for welcoming kami to home.

In Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, all the Shinto priests and shrine maidens participated to this Susuharai which started off by cleaning Honden (Main Shrine) and the Romon (Great Gate) using long bamboo dusters.

 

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