Izamiya rice planting ceremony 2023

Rice planting ceremony

What is the rice planting ceremony at Izamiya Shrine?

The rice planting ceremony is a ritual that has continued since ancient times at Izawa Shrine, and has been designated as an important intangible cultural property of the country under the name ``Isobe no Omita.''

History of rice planting ceremony

About 2000 years ago, Wahime no Mikoto, who was looking for a sacrificial place to offer sacrifices to the Ise Grand Shrine, chose the Shima region, which was rich in seafood, as the place. At that time, a Manazuru crane dropped an ear of rice in this area, and Wahime-no-Mikoto was impressed, saying, ``Even a silent bird was said to be an offering.'' She had this ear of rice used to grow rice to be offered to Amaterasu Omikami. Rice cultivation is still passed down as a Shinto ritual, and a rice planting ceremony is held on June 6th every year.

Rice planting ceremony 2023

Last year, in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the ceremony was held on a smaller scale and the general public was not allowed to visit.However, this year the event will be held as usual, so please come and see us. It is possible. (*Only the bamboo removal ritual will be scaled down)
The colorful costumes stand out against the blue sky and fresh greenery, and the solemn events performed by the local people are both graceful and violent, and will remain in the hearts of those who see them.
Please come and see this rice planting ceremony, which heralds the arrival of early summer in Shima.
*Please be sure to follow etiquette when taking photos.


8:10The role of Atsushi and Michihito Ta is played by the use of ``seven and a half degrees.''
9:50Deliver "Shiki Sanban".
10:30They line up inside the Izanomiya Ichino Torii gate and receive a purification. Visit the Goseiden. At the shrine, Sakucho bestows Sanae on the priest.
10:50From Iza-miya Shrine, he goes to Goryota. The priest cleanses the rice field, and the head priest directs Sanae to the left, right, and center.
11:05Saotome, Michihito Ta and others went around Naashiro three and a half times and took Sanae.
11:20``Bamboo harvesting ritual.''
11:30``Otaue Shinto ritual.''
After the first to ninth songs have been completed, there is a mid-day break, and the servants have a drinking party with side dishes made from wakafu. Next was ``Sashidori Sashi no Mai'' by Saiwaka Okuwaka. Next, the rice planting ends with the 10th to 18th small songs. Finished around 12:50.
15:00``Odori-komi''. It takes about two hours to train from Goryoda to Izanomiya Ichinotorii.
17:00All the officials line up inside the torii gate, and the three of us, Taiko and I, perform the ``Shiakiraku no Shimai,'' and the Otaue Festival comes to an auspicious end.

*Events tend to run behind schedule.


Access by train
Get off at Kaminogo Station on the Kintetsu Shima Line. From there, you can access Iza-miya Shrine, where the rice planting ceremony is held, in a 3-minute walk.

Access by car
Proceed along Prefectural Route 160 and park at Isobe Fureai Park. From there, it takes less than 15 minutes to get to Izamiya Shrine.


use of seventh and a half

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Three and a half laps around Naashiro

Bamboo cutter ritual

Otaue ritual


The end of Chiakiraku

other nameIzamiya Rice Planting Festival

Enjoy Shima