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“Hekokaki Matsuri” is a well-known festival held by Kora Taisha Shrine to ward off and prevent bad luck.
“Hekokaki Hadaka Matsuri” festival takes place in the early morning hours of June 1 at Umashimizu Mii Shrine, which lies at the foot of Mt. Kora. A group of men and children don red loincloths (called “heko” by locals), undergo a cleansing and finally race up the mountain.
Another ritual that takes place during the shrine’s Kawatarisai Festival is the “Chi no Wa Kuguri”, or Passing Through a Thatched Hoop. It is based on a legend that if people who are 60 years old or will otherwise have an unlucky year wear something red and undergo a purification ceremony that involves passing through the hoop, they will avoid adversity, suffer only minor troubles and turn their bad luck into good luck! Even people who are not expected to have an unlucky year can pass through the hoop, attracting many visitors who participate every year. The ritual occurs every year on both June 1 and 2.
Kora Taisha Shrine conducts special rituals such as prayers for people of unlucky (and lucky!) ages throughout the month of June.
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