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Oki Muramatsurifuryu    



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Oki Muramatsurifuryu takes place in Okinoshima town, of the Oki Islands, Shimane. There remain many old customs in the festival. At the festival, people from Ichinomori Shrine and Hachiji Shrine, representing different areas, together with people from some other shrines, get together at the festival site once every two years. Gattenshi, or shrine parishioners, from Ichinomori Shrine are called Ichibukata, and Nittenshi Shrine parishioners are called Nibukata at the festival. Gattenshi, or shrine parishioners, from Ichinomori Shrine are called Ichibukata, and Nittenshi Shrine parishioners from Hachioji Shrine, are called Nibukata at the festival.
This festival dates back to the Kamakura Period and is held for 12 days from November 9th to 20th. At the beginning of the festival, a yakuzashikai, or meeting, is held where the roles to be played at the festival are determined. It is held at both shrines to keep members from both shrines up to date on what is planned for the 9th. After that, people begin preparations such as practicing and making tools for the Shinto rituals. On the morning of the 19th, the processions leave the shrines for the festival site. At the site, some rituals for their meeting are performed, including Urayasu no mai, Inyd, Kozuma, and Urate. Finally, the festival ends with kanko (returning). There might be many unfamiliar words here but the film should be self-explanatory.

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