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第15 回 「知らなくても別段困りませんが(^^;)」シリーズ②~神職の衣装~ [English below]



The Main Shrine of Ishizuchi Shrine (Nishida, Saijo-City, Ehime)

[English below]

知らなくても別段困りませんが、皆さんは神職の衣装についてご存知ですか?エ?興味無い?(^^;)まあ、知る必要性もないけど、白衣、袴を着けているのが神職、袈裟を纏っているのが僧侶…以上!どうよ!?・・・ハ、ハイ、確かにそうですが、本業神職の立場として今回は折角ですから~衣装、装束(しょうぞく)のお話を少しm(_ _)m

↓Picture 1 White Kimono with Hakama



↓Picture 2 "Joso"



↓Picture 3 "Seifuku"



 Main "Sando" Approach to the Main Shrine of Ishizuchi Shrine


        The Main Hall "Honden" of the Main Shrine of Ishizuchi Shrine  


久寿奏恵さんの投稿日は5月17 日の予定です。どうぞ皆様お楽しみに!

(令和3年5月10日投稿:石鎚神社 祢宜 曽我部英司)

The Message of the Week

Hi! Here comes my second turn! As a Shinto priest, let me talk about our "costumes". Of course, you don't have to know details about our attire, but trivias of Shinto may make your life a bit happier! Here we go!

Picture 1

As you see in picture 1, we usually wear white attire with "Hakama", sometimes with "Haori" coat on (we have costumes for summer and winter respectively). Actually we wear different colors of Hakama in accordance with ranks. Also depending upon the purposes of rituals, we must choose the colors of Hakama along with the suitable attires, sometimes wear "Eboshi" caps or "Kammuri" hats, and different types of footwear.

Picture 2

What I am wearing in picture 2 is called "Joso", which is the costume worn at regular rituals. This is called "Kariginu" (literally means hunting clothes) and what I am holding in my hand is called "Shaku" (Shinto ritual baton or scepter). We wear the fixed colors of "Hakama" according to our ranks qualified by the Association of Shinto Shrines: those of the lowest rank start from white, "Asagi" pale blue-green, purple, purple with pale "Yatsu-fuji Mon" crest (i.e. with the crest of "eight wisteria blossoms") , purple with white "Yatsu-fuji Mon" crest and those of the highest rank (only less than 100 priests are qualified with this highest rank all around Japan) wear white Hakama with large white "Yatsu-fuji Mon" crest. Basically we serve with Hakama of our ranks on, but there are some shrines where all the priests wear in white regardless of ranks (even though they must wear Hakama of their ranks at rituals).

Picture 3

Please have a look at the Picture 3: this is the attire called "Seifuku", the formal costume. In the same way as Hakama, we wear different colors of Seifuku according to our ranks. At Ishizuchi Shrine, we wear this formal attire at Spring and Fall Grand Festivals called "Taisai". Sometimes, you may find priests wearing this sort of formal attire all in white, which is called "Saifuku". At some festivals, we all wear in white regardless of our ranks. For instance, we all wear white "Saifuku" at Setsubun festival (Setsubun literally means "seasonal division"; it refers to the day before the first day of spring "Risshun").

The art of wearing our costumes with dignify and respect, and of course, more beautifully is called "Emon-do". There are two schools called Takakura-ryu and Yamashina-ryu. Last but not least, we usually start wearing our costumes from our right-hand side and we only start from our left-hand side on the unhappy occasions like funerals. You might find this rather trivial a matter, but I make it a rule to put on Kimono from my right shoulder and right arm and put on Tabi socks from my right foot. It's the "trivial" things that count, you know.

---Hideshi Sogabe (10, May 2021)



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