Tochigi, Kyoto Chosen for Rice Growing for "Daijosai" Ceremony

Society

Tokyo, May 13 (Jiji Press)--Tochigi and Kyoto were chosen on Monday as the prefectures for growing rice for the "Daijosai" thanksgiving ceremony, to be performed by Japan's new Emperor Naruhito in November.

They were picked from a group of eastern prefectures, known as Yuki Province, and a group of western prefectures, or Suki Province, respectively, through "kiboku" traditional divination, employing turtle shell plates, during the "Saiden-Tentei-no-Gi" ceremony.

The ceremony started at 10 a.m. (1 a.m. GMT) at the "Saisha" facility, set up at the yard in front of Shinden, one of the three Imperial Palace Sanctuaries.

At the Saiden-Tentei-no-Gi ceremony, green sea turtle shell plates, shaped like shogi pieces and held with bamboo chopsticks, were burned by a fire made by bird-cherry trees in a "hikirigu" device. The two prefectures were chosen on the basis of the patterns of the cracks created on the plates.

The Imperial Household Agency classified 15 eastern prefectures plus the central prefectures of Niigata, Nagano and Shizuoka as Yuki Province and the other prefectures as Suki Province, following precedent.

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