In this Shinto ritual, having formed an irrigation committee, nearby farmers inform the gods that the rice crop has been planted and pray for an abundant harvest. It is said that torch processions to drive away crop-eating insects have been practiced since ancient times, and the custom of using fire to chase away insects still continues today.
placeNakami Shrine grounds
address834 Nakasho, Izumisano-shi, Osaka, 598-0002
transportIzumisano Station and Iharanosato Station on the Nankai Main Line
Kumatori Station on the JR Hanwa Line
pointThe ceremony site on the shrine grounds is decorated with over 200 paper lanterns. There are bonfires on both sides, and during the festival, miko shrine maidens perform a rice planting kagura dance.