Kasuga Jinja Oto Shinji 春日神社 御とう（飯の食偏に「同」）神事 Tokyo (Mar.)
Kasuga Jinja Oto Shinji is held at Kasuga Shrine in Hinohara Village. According to records, it has been held continuously since 1572. It is a ritual held from the night of March 1st to the next morning. For four days leading up to the ritual, a number of chosen parishioners do not use any fire started by another person. They enter the river wearing loincloths to purify themselves, start a fire using flint, cook rice using purified water, and offer the large mound of rice to the deity. The next morning, the parishioners eat and drink together, and pray for bumper crop harvests, good health, and peace.
Kasuga Jinja, Motojuku, Hinohara-mura, Nishitama-gun, Tokyo
Go to Musashi-Itsukaichi station on the JR Itsukaichi line, then take a Nishi Tokyo Bus bound for Kazuma, Fujikura, or Hossawa no Taki. After approx. 20 min., get off at Motojuku Yakuba Mae bus stop. Approx. 3 min. walk from there.
Approx. 45 min. down Takiyama-kaido Avenue after taking the Hachioji interchange off the Chuo Expressway.
Approx. 30 min. down Itsukaichi-kaido Avenue after taking the Hinode interchange off Ken-O Expressway.