Guide to Noto’s Satoyama and Satoumi (Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems) by Photos and Movies

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Okôsama/ Hô-onkô
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Suzu City
Category
Festival
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Custom
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In Noto, the Jodoshinshu Sect of Buddhism is popular, and people take part in various religious rituals such as Okôsama, which is held on the day to commemorate the sect’s originator, Shinran. Many villages hold the ritual in spring and autumn, but some of them hold it every three months. On the day, parishioners gather in the temples, listen to the lectures of priests, and recite the sutra. Also, they bring ingredients and take turns making special dishes. No fish or meat is used in the dishes. Soup stock is made from kelp, and vegetable soup, boiled beans and vegetables, and pickles are served. People gather to enjoy dishes made with seasonal local vegetables and wild vegetables. In the olden days, when there was little entertainment, ordinary people looked forward to this ritual as a very happy occasion.
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