Sunday, February 22, 2015

Culture Photo: Lunar New Year Visit to a Shrine

Hakugindo Shrine, sabani, visitors

Sabani Boat Teams at Hakugindo Shrine



Those gathered at the shrine have just sailed and rowed their sabani boats through Itoman Port.

They are addressed by the Mayor and other officials before entering the shrine.

Once inside, they make offerings and pray for safety and success.

This custom is performed in Itoman City, Okinawa at the beginning of the Chinese New Year.

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