Togyo procession picture

Part of the procession of Sarutahikonomikoto

● Guard (White cloak)
→ Stays at the head of the procession, and guards from people entering the procession.
● Leader (Kamishimo formal wear)
→ Leads the procession correctly with prestige.
● Shrine flag (White cloak)
→ A flag with the name of the shrine
● Salting (Kakue gown)
→ From the start of the procession till Shukuire, sprinkles salt to purify the road and cleanse the way for God to cross.
● Gohei (White cloak)
→Walks in front of the procession holding a pair of sticks with Shide (zig-zag shaped paper), and clears the way.
● Sarutahikonomikoto
→ A guide for the gods based on the myths of the descendants.
A person with a particularly strong religious belief gets the recommendation of chief priest, purifies the mind and body, and works as Sarutahikonomikoto
● Assistant of Sarutahikonomikoto (Kamishimo formal wear)
→ Assists the role of Sarutahikonomikoto, prompt the procession with the voices of “Otachi” and “Shogi”.
● Taiko drums (Hanten coat)
● Taiko Players (Kariginu, hunting clothes)
● Fuefuki, Flute player (White coat)
→ Play the shrine's legendary song when the god is moving into the shrine, and declares the way with the sound while notifying the procession is approaching
● Priest (formal wear)
● Umbrella (Hanten coat)
● Shogi (Chihaya) → Attendant to protect Sarutahikonomikoto. The umbrella is a vermilion large umbrella. Its main purpose is to prevent rain and block lights, and it is used for priesthood. Shogi is also called Agura, which is temporarily used by priests and attendants for rests.
● Vice Chairman of the Festival (Kariginu, hunting clothes)
● Shogi (Chihaya) → Assist the chairman of the festival so that the festival is solemn and smooth.
● Director (Haori) → General director of the whole procession
● Accounting (Haori)
→ Management of prayer fee and cash payment for the procession
● General affairs (Haori)
→ General clerk of the festival
● Hatsuho employees (Haori)
→ Manage delicacies and sake

Part of the procession of Mikoshi

● Leader (Kamishimo formal wear)
→ Leading the procession of Mikoshi (portable shrines).
● Karato
→ Things related to this great shrines history.
● Karato Tsukisoi (Kamishimo formal wear)
→ Attendant to Okarato for no accidents.
● Priest (Formal wear)
● Umbrella (Hanten coat)
● Shogi (Chihaya)
→ Attendant to Shinto priesthood to protect Karato.
● Hoko flag (Hanten coat)
→ The Nishiki Hire flags hanging on a lance, making a set with 5 colors, and being held for prestige.
● Bamboo pole (Hanten coat)
→ From the shrine fence, place bamboo sticks with Shide to show a clearer sanctuary around the Mikoshi.
● Shrine fence (White cloak)
→ Where the Holy Spirit dwelled and kept in sacred. Hang Asao (strings made from flax) and Shide on Aoki (Hiba tree stick) and carried in pairs.
● Four God Flag
→Flags of the four guardian deities of Seiryu / Suzaku / Hakutora / Genbu in order to protect the mikoshi.
● Horen (imperial carriage)
● Leader of Horen (Kamishimo formal wear)
→ Dedicated to Hiyama Shrine, Toyokawa Shrine, and Kenko Shrine
● The first Mikoshi (White cloak)
● Head of the Mikoshi (Kamishimo formal wear)
→ For Gods from Atago shrine and Sasayama shrine.
● The Second Mikoshi
● Head of the Mikoshi (Kamishimo formal wear)
→ For Gods of Orisue shrine and Itsukushima shrine.
● Hongu (vehicles)
→ For the five pillars of the great shrine.
● Head of the Mikoshi (Kamishimo)
→ Each head of the Mikoshi takes care of the carrier and the mikoshi with respect.
● Four God Flag
● Bamboo pole (Hanten coat)
● Chief priest (formal wear)
● Umbrella (Hanten coat)
● Shogi (Chihaya)
→Chief priest of this great shrine.
● Negi ・ Gonegi
→Workers for religious service and duties with listening to Chief priest's intentions, stays behide to guard the Mikoshi.
●Chairman of the festival (Kariginu, hunting clothes)
●Shoji (Chihaya)
→ In accordance with the traditions of Togyosai Festival, the festival committee organises and manages so that the operation can be performed smoothly.
● Shrine members (Kamishimo formal wear)
→ Volunteers for the shrine in the procession.
● Hatsubo employees (Haori)
● Accounting (Haori)

Approximately 3m wide x 50m long, about 100 people.

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