Festival in Hiroshima Prefecture to worship the god in the form of the ear

Mother and her child pray for health of the ear by touching the ear-type symbol
(photo: http://www.chugoku-np.co.jp/News/Tn201103040005.html)


The ear festival was held at the Mimigo Shrine in the precinct of the Oyama Shinto shrine in Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture on March 3. It was the sixth anniversary, sponsored by the festival preservation society, and about 200 people visited it.

A couple of the ear type made of the cloth of 60 centimeters in length and 25 centimeters in width were decorated at the shrine known as a god with the ear. The visitors passed the ear knot string made of paper that their wish was written.

A housewife (31) from Fukuyama City visited with her first daughter, eght months years old and hard of hearing. She said, "I had visited before the operation on the ear of my daughter in January. I thanked for the successful operation and prayed for its effect on her".

Japanese sweeties with the ear shaped toppings and sake also were served in the precinct.

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