Tuesday, November 25, 2008
day 328 - bamboo and ritual
We were invited to our local shinto shrine Yashiro-Ohtashi for the annual Yudate purification rites. The priest boiled branches of bamboo, sprinkled the attendees with water and gave us miniature Chinowa wreaths to hang over our door at home for good fortune.
Lantern poles clash,
Aboshi Lantern Festival.
The young men of Shinzaike lead the parade and processional float at the recent Autumn Festival.
Pilgrims' Walking Sticks.
Prayers and fortunes woven into bamboo around a sugi (Japanese Cedar.)