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[Okunitama Jinja Shrine Autumn Festival/Chestnut Festival ]Sep 27 - Sep 28 3-...

[Okunitama Jinja Shrine Autumn Festival/Chestnut Festival ]Sep 27 - Sep 28 3-...

The Chestnut Festival, the Autumn Festival of Okunitama Jinja Shrine, is as its name indicates a festival for chestnuts. It began in the year 1738. The Autumn Festival started with the establishment of grand kagura dance performances at Musashi Rokushogu Shrine. This historical festival was temporarily cancelled, but it began once again and continues to be held today. This event came to be called the “Chestnut Festival” during the Edo period. High quality chestnuts, which served as a useful type of preserved food, are collected in the Musashino region. For this reason, they were also presented to the Tokugawa Clan. The chestnut season overlapped with the kagura dance performances, so the festival became known as the “Chestnut Festival.” Each year a yoimatsuri (small festival before the main festival) is held on September 27, followed by the main festival on September 28. T...

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