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Owari Fuji Omiya Sengen Shrine - The Ishiage Matsuri Festival    



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The Ishiage Matsuri (stone piling festival) of Owari Fuji Omiya Sengen Shrine in Inuyama City, Aichi Prefecture, is considered one of the three quaint festivals of the Owari district. It is a festival where people gather from in and around Inuyama City and donate stones to Owari Fuji on the first Sunday of August every year. The origin of the event is said to be based on an episode where the Shrines deity (Konohana Sakuya Hime no Mikoto) lamented that Mt. Owari Fuji is lower than Mt. Hongusan which stood next to it, and the villagers, in response to her wish, piled huge stones at the summit of Mt. Owari Fuji. The ishiage ritual or piling of stones at the summit is started from the morning and at night the hiburi ritual, where people descend from the summit to the foot of the mountain, waving torches, is performed. The festival is thought to have started at the end of the early modern era. Although details are sketchy, a few facts are known, including the fact that the ishiage was actively performed during the Taisho period (1912-1926) and that the hiburi was already being performed in the Kanei era (1624-1644).

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