Fertility Rites at a Local Shrine
On Saturday, January 8 th, Tanahashi San took us
to a shrine in nordwest Ogaki.
The people there were holding a shinto fertility ritual, celebrating
the new year.
The newyears decoration at the shrine entry
Those folded flashes of lightning were used
The preparations were held in some yard to the side of the shrine
They left the shrine grounds carrying the ritual's objects
And then charged back throught he main entrance to the shrine.
The whole procedure was repeated three times
Then they left the shrine grounds and went to the homes of newlyweds
and to houses that were built in the last year.