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|Yomatsuri festival of Mishima-sama|
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The origin of Mishima Shrine is said to derive from the fact that Uesugi Akisada, a Shogunal deputy for the Kanto region, separately enshrined it as the tutelary god for the Hirai Castle from Mishima Taisha Shrine in Izu during the Muromachi period (1336-1573). Oyamatsuminokami is the enshrined god and has been worshipped as the god of marriage in recent years.
On the eve of the Autumn Grand Festival held on November 15, the yomatsuri or night festival is held. On the morning of the 14th, the mikoshi which carries the goshintai or the object of worship quietly proceeds from the honsha or the main shrine (Shimono miya) to the betsuden or the separate hall, which is about a kilometer away, and is then placed in the Okunoin Hall. At about nine thirty at night, the goshintai moves back to the honsha led by the mikoshi parade. This is the climax of the festival and the procession carries on without trouble while the guards push back the audience.
Today, this Festival is designated an Important Folk Cultural Property of Fujioka City.
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