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Updated: December 26, 2019
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The lunar calendar's first day of the horse in February is called Hatsu-uma. Kyoto's Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, dedicated to the fox deity Inari, was founded 1,300 years ago on the first day of the horse in February, 711. Since then, all Inari shrines have held a special commemorative festival.
On Sunday, February 9, ceremonial red-and-white mochi rice cakes will be made at 10:00, while a special song is sung. These cakes will then be presented to the gods, along with prayers for good crops, domestic happiness, and business prosperity. At 15:00, the mochi will be served to visitors, together with a fermented rice wine called amazake.
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