Kora Taisha Shrine’s Hekokaki Matsuri is a famous festival held to ward off evil and protect people from misfortune. Participants who are turning 60 years old or facing the prospect of facing a tough year wear the color red as part of a purification ritual. This ritual sees them pass through a large grass hoop called a chinowa in order to avoid accidents and turn bad luck into good fortune! Anyone can walk through the thatched ring, so why not try it, too? Early in the morning on both days of the festival, a group of men and young children in red loincloths take part in a cleansing ritual in Ajimizumii Shrine before racing up the adjoining mountain. Special prayers will also be taking place at the shrine throughout the month of June.
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