Izumo-taisha Jinzaisai

Izumo-taisha Jinzaisai

Late October to early November; 10th lunar month
According to Shinto belief, the gods from all over Japan assemble during the tenth lunar month at the Izumo-taisha Shrine in Taisha-machi, ShimanÉ Prefecture. Local people have dubbed this month Kamiarizuki, or "the month when the gods are present." Of course, elsewhere in Japan it is called Kannazuki, or "the month when the gods are absent." Numerous rituals honoring the gods take place, including a formal greeting at the beach and a ceremonial procession to the shrine.
CONTACTS:
Japan National Tourist Organization
1 Rockefeller Pl., Ste. 1250
New York, NY 10020
212-757-5640; fax: 212-307-6754
www.jnto.go.jp
SOURCES:
IllFestJapan-1993, p. 119 (c)