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Kasuga Wakamiya Ommatsuri

Nara, Nara Prefecture
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The Kasuga Wakamiya Ommatsuri is an annual spring festival and a nationally-designated Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property. It is held for several days around December 17th at Wakamiya Shrine, a subordinate shrine to Kasuga Grand Shrine. The festival began in 1136 as a prayer by Fujiwara no Tadamichi for a large harvest, and has been honored every year since, without exception. At midnight on the 17th, the senkou-no-gi (ceremony of the Emperor's departure) begins. The sacred palanquin of Wakamiya Shrine is carried from the main building to its provisional housing, and in keeping with its traditionally secret status, no photography is permitted and flashlights are also prohibited. The result is a solemn, mysterious atmosphere in the dark of the night. During the day, mannerisms and styles from the Heian to the Edo period can be seen in the magnificent o-watari-shiki (ceremony of passage) parade.
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