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Harikuyoo Needle Memorial Service

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  • Greve Gabi
    *Needle* *memorial* *service* (*hari* *kuyoo*) © Photo : http://members2.jcom.home.ne.jp/ichikondo/02%20shoujuinharikuyou.html *
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 16, 2010

      Needle memorial service (hari kuyoo)

      © Photo : http://members2.jcom.home.ne.jp/ichikondo/02%20shoujuinharikuyou.html


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      Needle Memorial Service (hari kuyoo)


      ***** Location: Japan
      ***** Season: Early Spring, Feb. 8
      ***** Category: Observance



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      Explanation

      This is the day when Buddhist masses are sung for needles broken during the past year since it is thought that the needles' lives were sacrificed in service.

      A small three-step altar is set up and hung with a sacred rope and strips of cut white paper which indicate a sanctified area. On the top step are offerings of fruit and sweet cakes. On the middle step is a cake of tofu and on the bottom step are various sewing accessories.

      February kigo for haiku

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      "Well, the priest is incanting a sutra which reflects the passage of the
      needles from usage and invoking some kind of Buddhist blessing which would
      then be passed on to the ladies themselves. Because as they show respect to
      the needles of last year, they're really saying to them, you know, 'Thank
      you very much for what you've done, and please give us your power and your
      energy for the coming year so that our sewing skills can become improved.'"
      (c) 2002 Jim Metzner Productions,

      http://www.pulseplanet.com/archive/Feb98/1550.html


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      2月8日  正受院()    (新宿区新宿2-15-20、地下鉄・新宿御苑前)

      このお寺の針供養は色々な行事のある華やかなお祭だ。組合員が作った甘酒を本堂、

      針塚にお供えする「甘酒献上」で始まり「納針の儀」では集まってきた古い針を土中に納め、それから稚児行列を先頭に、奪衣婆尊を小さくした像をお厨子にまつり8名の女子に担がれた花見堂行列が靖国通りからお寺を一周する。この練り行列が終ると針塚に供える供物百味香を供えて針塚の前での大法要となる。和裁業界が中心に昭和32年に針塚が建立され、従来の針供養法にお練りを加えてから現在のような新宿の針供養として世に知られるようになった.


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      HAIKU



      she bows to the
      broken needle
      . . . remembering

      robert d. wilson


      enshrined broken needles
      my grandmother and me
      a memory of my mind

      etsuko yanagibori
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cherrypoetryclub/message/30116




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