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Spring Festival at Nakaragi Shrine, Torii gate and priests preparing for ceremony in front of Shrine
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documentary photographs
Date
April 20, 1992
Location
Creation/Discovery Site: Asia»Japan»Kyoto»Kyoto
Kyoto Prefectural Botanical GardenKyoto Prefectural Botanical Garden » Nakaragi Shrine
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Work Description: AUTUMN AND SPRING FESTIVALS AT NAKARAGI SHRINE: The Autumn ceremony is held in November and the Spring ceremony is held in April. They consist simply of offering food and sake to the deity, the reciting of Shinto prayers and finally the removal of the offerings. The audience consists largely of dignitaries of the Botanical Gardens. A very small group of Shinto musicians from Kamigamo Shrine provide some musical accompaniment. Due to the long neglect of the shrine, there is no water source for purification prior to the ceremonies. This, too, has to be brought from Kamigamo. NAKARAGI SHRINE: Located at the northwestern part of the Kyoto Botanical Gardens, the strange story of Nakaragi Shrine perhaps indicates the political origins of the Aoi Festival. The shrine is dedicated to Amano Futotama-no-Mikoto, a god connected with silk culture and weaving, normally associated with the powerful Hatta clan (an immigrant clan from Korea) who were important in the siting of the capital in Kyoto. The Hatta’s home territory was Uzumasa, in west Kyoto. Curiously, in 1018 the Emperor Go-Ichijo is recorded as having transferred the shrine (probably from the Hatta) to the care of Kamigamo Shrine. Taken in conjunction with the theory that the arrow with which Princess Tamayorihime-no-Mikoto conceived her child was in reality the God of Matsuo Shrine (Oyamagui-no-kami) the obscure Nakaragi shrine and its patchy story give credence to the theory that the Aoi Festival was, in its Heian reality, a symbol of a political agreement reached by the important clans of Kyoto – the Kamo and Hatta – to live in harmony in order to ensure the tranquility of Emperor Kammu’s new capital. In support of this thesis, the main festival of Matsuo Taisha (Shrine) also uses the Aoi (hollyhock) symbol. The Hatta clan is believed to have introduced the techniques of silk production to Japan and the area around Nakaragi Shrine was probably important in the cultivation of silk worm. (The Hatta adopted Oyamagui-no-kami, the local deity of nearby Mount Matsuo, as their guardian deity). Today, Nakaragi Shrine, neglected and overlooked by tourists, is still in the patrimony of Kamigamo Shrine and two small festivals (in spring and autumn) are organized by Kamigamo priests at the shrine. The shrine is surrounded by a forest, known as the Nakaragi-no-mori (Nakaragi Forest), which is famous for its maple groves.
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Image and scholarly information provided by David Boggett. Cataloging provided by Smith College Imaging Center, Department of Art, Hillyer Hall, Northampton, MA 01063; Elisa Lanzi, Director; voice: 413-585-3106; fax: 413-585-3119; elanzi@smith.edu. To use this image for purposes outside of the ARTstor Terms and Conditions of Use, please contact: David Boggett, davidboggett@Yahoo.co.uk. ©David Boggett. Universal
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