Hotohoto Festival at Izumo Grand Shrine, from the series Views of Famous Places in the Sixty-odd Provinces

Hotohoto Festival at Izumo Grand Shrine, from the series Views of Famous Places in the Sixty-odd Provinces

1853

Utagawa Hiroshige 歌川 広重

(Japanese, 1797-1858)

Color woodblock print, ink and color on paper

Overall: 34.3 x 22.9 cm (13 1/2 x 9 in.)

The Kelvin Smith Collection, given by Mrs. Kelvin Smith 1985.311

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Izumo Shrine is a Shinto shrine on Honshu Island. The Japanese believe that Shinto kami (divine spirits) leave their own shrines for a month in October or November-depending on the lunar calendar-and travel to Izumo Shrine. During this time, a festival is held in which celebrants carrying lighted torches lead the kami to the shrine.

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