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Aenokoto - Traditional Ceremony (Noto & Wajima, Ishikawa Pref.)

2013/07/12


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 Place/Calendar 

<Place>
・①Gorokuan, Yanagida Flower Park
  Kamimachi, Noto-cho, Hosu-gun

 ②Kayabukian - Mitsui no Sato
  14 - 2, Koizumi Urushibara, Mitsui, Wajima

<Calendar>
・Every 5 December and 9 February

 11:00 -
 



 Overview 

"Aenokoto" is traditional ritual succeeded in Wajima, Suzu, Anamizu, Noto areas.


This folk ceremony pray and thank for the god of rice plant.
On 5 December, after the cultivation, the host (man of the family, farmer) goes to rice paddy and patting hoe 3 times into the soil and says, "Thank you for your support to protect the rice paddy". Then, he welcomes the gods (wife and husband) to his house.


At the house, the host welcomes the gods by letting them to take bath (acts like to wash their bodies) and preparing meals. Meals are different from area to area.
He also explains about dishes and serves them to the gods.


It is said that the gods spend cold winter at the host's house with his families after the ceremony.


On 9 February of the next year (before the farming), the host let the gods to take bath and serve meals again and take them back to the rice paddy.


It is nationally designated as Intangible folk cultural asset and resistered as intangible cultural heritages on UNESCO's on 30 September in 2009.
 



 History 

"Ae" means hosting and "Koto" means courtesy.

Styles of the ceremony is different from house to house. Basically, the host prepares the seats for the gods by setting 2 straw ricebags and putting forked Daikon (white radish) on them. He also makes chopstickes by chestnut wood for them.



 Highlight 

The host acts like the invisible gods are right in front of us.

Even if the ceremony is very simple, the house is filled with commanding air and holy atmosphere.



 Access/Fees/Opening hours/Contact etc. 
 

<Access>
①Gorokuan, Yanagida Flower Park
 There are amusement areas; restaurant, BBQ space, planetarium, and golf
 course.
 For more details, please see the following site.
 http://yanagida.main.jp/index.html

 <By train>
  From "Anamizu Sta." of Noto Tetsudo Nanao Line, ride on the bus and
  get off at "Nakamata". It takes about 2min. by car from the bus stop.

 <By car>
  From Noto Toll Way "Anamizu Exit", 30km via Suzu Doro.

 <Fees>
  Free of charge (amusement attractions will be charged)

 <Opening hours>
  9:00 - 17:30 ※No closing day.


②Kayabukian - Mitsui no Sato
 Local dishes are served.
 For more details, please see the following site. 
 http://www.noto.me/

 <By train>
  From "Anamizu Sta." of Noto Tetsudo Nanao Line, about 40min. by car.

 <By car>
  From Noto Toll Way "Noto Kuko (airport) Exit", about 10min.

 <Fees>
  Free of charge

 <Opening hours>
  March - September:9:00 - 17:00
  October - February:9:00 - 17:30

  ※Closed on Tuesday.


<Contact>
  0768-76-1680(Yanagida Flower Park)
  0768-62-8532(Noto Town)
  0768-26-1181(Kayabukian - Mitsui no Sato)

 ※Reference
  Okunoto Aenokoto Preservation Society(Okunoto Area Office)
  10-11-1 Sue, Mitsui-cho, Wajima

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