(Called "Dongi" in the local area)
3rd Sunday of December
Chosho-ji (temple) Mito-cho, Aichi Pref.
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Dongi is a Shinto ritual which held in the Festival of Akiba-Sanjakubo-Daigongen, God of fire control.
It started in the 18th century, however the exact origin is unclear.
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A wooden-bell-hummer shaped stick is called donki or dongi in dialect.
Several men who take a role of
white fox (messegers of the god Akiba) hold Donki.
Ao-Karasu-tengu hold a spear and Tengu hold a fan.
Bengara, natural red paint, is painted on the donki, fan and spear.
White foxes, Ao-Karasu-Tengu and Tengu chase and try to paint the red color
to children and women.
This is a humous festival.
God Akiba administer fire and people wish not have trouble with fire.
13:30 - 14:00: Shinto ritual
14:00 - 14:30: Procession
15:00 - 17:00: Donki/Dongi
Get off at Aichi-Mito Sta. on the JR Tokaido-honsen Line.
Follow the road away from the station 100m to the North. Turn to right at the flashing signal and go 300m.
Turn to left after passing under a railroad bridge. Go 200m along the railroad. Cross a bridge and follow the road 500m
(1.1Km, a 15-min walk from the station.)