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Mibu no Hana Taue, ritual of transplanting rice in Mibu, Hiroshima. ©UNESCO 2009
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Mibu no Hana Taue, ritual of transplanting rice in Mibu, Hiroshima

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Mibu no Hana Taue

Mibu no Hana Taue is a Japanese agricultural ritual asking the rice deity to assure an abundant rice harvest. It takes place in two communities of Hiroshima Prefecture on the first Sunday of June after rice transplanting is completed. Villagers, cattle, an elder leader and colourfully dressed girls re-enact the stages of planting and transplanting a rice field specially reserved for this event. Participants sing accompanied by drums, flutes and small gongs. Transmission is ensured by the elders who also oversee the ritual's smooth execution.

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Place/country: Japan
Series: 2010 Inscriptions on the Representative List
Type: Documentary
Credits: Takeshita Masahiko, director. Kitahiroshima-cho, Japan, publisher.

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