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Item
Buddhist Temple Nobori Bata
(hanging banner/flag)
Homespun & Hand Loomed Cotton
Age
Dated in writing on the banner
February, 1925.
Condition Very good overall condition
A few small stains. Still retains deep indigo color.
Size
13 inches X 8.4 feet, 35 X 256 cm
Medium Weight
Discussion Inari (deity) shrine or temple matsuri (celebration) banner in honor of 1st day of the horse of February, 1925. According to Chinese astrology practiced in Japan, every year is represented by one of 12 animals (horse, pig, dog, etc). These animals are also designated for each day of the month as well. This flag honored the day of the horse and it was attached to the entrance portal of an Inari temple/shrine during the matsuri. The Shinto god Inari is worshiped in both Japanese Shinto and Buddhism. Inari is the Japanese kami (god) of fertility, rice, agriculture, foxes, industry and worldly success and one of the principal kami of Shinto. See Wikipedia for more details about Inari.