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Omachi City , Nagano Related category:
Nagano Prefectures Intangible Folk Cultural Property Sakuhajime-shinji (divine services from ancient times for sowing rice) of Nishina Shinmei Shrine    



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Entire story: 42 minutes
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The video of Sakuhajime-shinji (divine services from ancient times for sowing rice) of Nishina Shinmei Shrine was prepared in 1994 with the initiative taken by Nishina Shinmei Shrine thanks to subsidies from Nagano Prefecture and Omachi City. With the designation of Sakuhajime-shinji of Nishina Shinmei Shrine as a Nagano Prefecture intangible cultural property in 1990 as a turning point, a video was prepared for the purpose of conservation of records, nurturing of the successor, and dissemination.

The divine services are performed on March 15 according to the solar calendar after the fashion of Toshigoi no Matsuri (the praying service for a good crop) of Ise Shrine, and rice-growing work from Kuwa-hajime (spading), Naeshiro-zukuri (nursery bed preparation), seed-sowing, all up to bird-catching is being imitated in the Kaguraden (hall of special prayer). In the record, the shrine has a history traced back to at least 1566, since when the then-form of agriculture has been passed down, and brings down the state of faith to date. The video includes extremely precious library shots and we hope to disseminate this precious heritage by taking this opportunity.
(Event-holding date: March 15)

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