Rituals related to fruit production
In the Kyoto region, various agriculture-related festivals and events have been passed down from one generation to the next. These annual events have a distinctly agricultural character, ranging from preliminary rituals to pray for bountiful harvests through to harvest thanksgiving celebrations.
The Wisteria Cutting Festival at Daizenji Temple, where the Koshu grape is said to have originated, has been held continuously from the medieval period to the present day.
The Dosojin festivals are held in various places during the Little New Year (the first full moon of the new year) to pray for a bountiful harvests, and in the Kyoto region, people pray for bumper harvests of fruit in the coming year.
The Omiyuki Festival is said to have begun in 825, during the Heian period, as a ritual to pray for flood control, and is now held to play for plentiful water supplies, reflecting the low level of rainfall in the area.
Held in various places in the Kyoto region, the Sekison festivals are rooted in rain-making rituals.
Toriiyaki is held to pray for the eradication of harmful insects from grapes and other crops, and for a bountiful harvest that year. Although it used to be held as a ceremonial bonfire on the final night of O-Bon, it now takes place on the first Sunday of October in conjunction with the Katsunuma Grape Festival, a celebration of the grape harvest.