TOKA SHINJI

Jan. 11th
10:00 a.m. -


The original rites of Toka Shinji was started in China, and introduced to Japan.
It had been held in the Imperial Courtin the Nara period (710-782)
as one of the anual functions called Tohka-no-sechie .
It has been remained as Touka Shinji in Atsuta Shrine (Jan. 11),
Sumiyoshi-Taisha (Osaka, held on Jan.4, 1:00p.m.-), and as Touka-no-sechie in Aso Jinja.
Shinto priests step on the ground to make spirit of the ground stable
and pray for driving out evil spirit and getting happiness.

It is also known as "Ararebashiri" or "Oberobero-matsuri".
"Oberobero"is onomatopoeia of the sound of furi-tsuzumi drums.

The members for this rites are one jitou (j, four maiudo (lAdancer), five beijuu(]Asiner),
one fueyaku (JAJapanese flute player) and one ganshi (g messager).

Three Shinto priests enter and have
seats in front of the front shrine
entrance of dancers and a band formed up




First, Shinto priests give ritual Shinto prayer called norito,
and beijuu sing Honsuraku (ty, lit.: enjoy ten thousand springj song.

- play the shakubyoushi Japanese flute and shakubyoushi




Then beijuu sing songs of Touka, and maiudo (dancers) dance Uzue-no-mai dance and Ougi-no-mai dance.

Uzue no mai
dance with a stick called uzue
Ohgi no mai
fan dance



Timing to the shomon (ٕ,the Emperor's message) read by jitou, a Shinto prieat who take a role of Kou-koji (Ўqj
turn on the furi-tsudumi .
Then they play the furi-tsuzumi ( a kind of drums )
Visitors listen to the sound and ponder their future by themselves.

Koukoji Jitou read the Emperor's message turn on the furi-tsuzumi






10:00 a.m. .......in front of Yougonoma-sha and the Hongu (main shrine)
1:00 p.m.........in front of the betsuguu (shrine annex), and Oosakida-jinja




1|P|P Jingu-Nishi, Atsuta-ku, Nagoya
TEL: (052) 671-4151
Get off at "JINGU-NISHI" on the MEIJO subway line
Take exit No.2
7 minutes walk