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Shrine at Ueno Park #1

Chinowa — The ring of cogon grass (chigaya) that you see in the wooden frame is erected on the days of purification (harae) of the last day of the sixth or seventh month (called nagoshi harae or minazuki harae). Worshipers at the shrine pass through the ring as an act of purification from misdeeds (tsumi), impurities (kegare), or bad luck.

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