I visited the event of making Shinto festoon “Shimenawa” at Idegawa area in Odate last month.
Today the rope was dedicated for the sacred tree“Idegawa-no-Keyaki”.
For a year the rope is listed, then the residents will make the new one on April 8th every year.
The tree has been living over a millennium, and will give the divine protection at Idegawa village for many years to come.
Cleaning up fallen leaves around the tree for respecting the god
Burying the last Shimenawa with leaves under the earth
Putting new Shimenawa around the tree by the power of residents
Setting up the banner flags that have been inherited for generations
Giving the sake for the god “Osanagi-Daigongen” and worshiping
A lot of knots on the root are also believed in as the god of breast
【Address of Idegawa-no-Keyaki】 Idegawa-Kamisawatai, Odate-shi, Akita-ken, Japan; WELCOME TO VISITORS
The information is as of April 8th 2017.