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Ogano-machi , Saitama Related category:
An intangible folk cultural asset selected by Saitama Prefecture Ogano Machi, Mo-ues Kuda-gee A national intangible folk cultural asset Ogano Machi, Kawara-sawas Ohinagee An intangible folk cultural asset designated by Saitama Prefecture Hashizumes Do-roku-jin-yaki - The Lunar New Year custom of Kawarasawa in Ogano Machi-    



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Kuda-gee begin. The pipes and the strings to bind them together are made out of bamboo sticks and paper mulberry. The fuel is dry bamboo.
At 7:00 p.m., the gyoji, komawari, and ujikos gather at the shrine, and then cook rice porridge by placing the bamboo pipes in the middle of the pot. The results of the fortune-telling are made known the next morning, when the sun first begins to shine into the shrine. The first bundle of pipes consisting of 12 pipes is used to tell the fortune for the next 12 months. The second bundle of pipes consisting of 33 pipes is used to tell the fortune for 30 different crops, as well as rain, wind, and society in general.
Although the origins of Ohinagee and when it started are not clear, since local people frequently ate outside in past times, it is presumed that this custom and the Hina-matsuri (dolls festival) custom were combined together. Ohinagee used to be practiced by children who would have whatever they like cooked, and then eat their favorite foods while enjoying Hina-matsuri dolls.
Hashizumes Do-roku-jin-yaki, the Lunar New Year custom of Kawarasawa in Ogano
In the Hashizume region, Kawarasawa, Ogano Machi, the event Do-roku-jin-yaki takes place during the Lunar New Year season. The gods are 2 stones, and are normally enshrined on the Do-roku-jin hill-top. The people in this region believe that these gods act as protectors against fires, and that by sacrificing them in a fire once a year, they help to prevent fires in the local community. This event involves setting up 3 cedar poles next to a river with their tops tied together. Bamboo is piled inside these poles, and then the gods are placed inside the bamboo and burnt.

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