Thanksgiving Farm Festival

Thanksgiving Farm Festival: あえのこと (ae no koto)

From Hot-Ishikawa

December 5, 2009
Yanagida Botanical Garden 柳田植物公園 (Yanagida Shokubutsu-koen), Noto-cho 能登町

The Noto is home to many strange and interesting festivals. This one is a festival giving thanks to the harvest gods for this year’s crops. Each farming family in the area does its own rituals, but you can come watch this one, which will be performed in the botanical gardens for the public. Because the gods are blind, the person performing the ritual leads them to the bath for bathing, then leads them to a tatami room for a rest and a fest prepared especially for them. The gods stay with the family until the “Sending Off Festival” (田の神送り)on February 9.

Links: Hot-Ishikawa (Japanese)
Wajima City Website (Japanese)
Short video here.

Leah Zoller is a first-year CIR in Anamizu and wonders if the gods like chocolate-chip cookies.

Access:
石川県鳳珠郡能登町字上町ロ1−1
Ishikawa-ken, Housu-gun, Noto-cho ji, Kanmachi-guchi 1-1

Near the intersection of the 57 and the 6.

Parking available on site.

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