New Year's preparation at Ushio Shrine, Sado Island

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Newly braided "Shimenawa" sacred rope adorns the facade of the worship hall of Ushio Shrine

The priest ties "shide" paper strips to shimenawa.  This is the finishing touch of the decoration.

New Year's preparation at Ushio Shrine, Sado Island

 Parishioners gathered at 8 a.m. to braid shimenawa  on Dec. 10, the second Sunday of December.

First, they beat rice straws with mallet which makes them easy to braid ropes.

New Year's preparation at Ushio Shrine, Sado Island

 Second, they braided two kinds of ropes, thicker one for the worship hall and main torii gate and the other for the sacred cedar trees on the precinct.  

New Year's preparation at Ushio Shrine, Sado Island

This is the shimenawa for the worship hall, thickest and longest.

New Year's preparation at Ushio Shrine, Sado Island

 Everything should be purified!

For the parishioners, braiding ropes was not an easy task because we usually buy them at shops!

Defying  difficulty with laugher and jokes, they finally braided five ropes in three hours.

Then, the ropes were purified by another priest to be sacred.

New Year's preparation at Ushio Shrine, Sado Island

 The god must be happy with this new shimenawa and ready to accept worshippers in 2017.

New Year's preparation at Ushio Shrine, Sado Island

I'm sure this shimenawa has renewed the divine power and community bond for the coming year.

I'm looking forward to visit this shrine on New Year's Day.

 

 

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