Kenpeishi
   A 'messenger with offerings'. Formerly this referred to visits by the emperor or local governors to selected shrines (kenpeisha). In the postwar period the Jinja Honcho sends a kenpeishi with offerings, usually heihaku, to all of its shrines at their annual festivals. The Ise jingu and shrines eligible for a chokushi are visited by the president of the Jinja Honcho, others by the head of the prefectural Jinja Cho.

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  • Chokusai-sha —    Imperial festival shrines. The name given to fifteen prestigious shrines which are entitled to receive visits from imperial messengers (choku shi) at festivals which are therefore classified as choku sai. The shrines are Ise Jingu, Kamo wake… …   A Popular Dictionary of Shinto

  • Jinja Honcho —    Usually translated into English as The Association of Shinto Shrines or The Shrine Association , Jinja Honcho is the present co ordinating or governing body for most of shrine Shinto (jinja shinto). The word honcho actually means not… …   A Popular Dictionary of Shinto

  • Taisai —     Grand Festival . The top class of festivals as contrasted with chusai (middling festivals) and shosai (minor festivals). It refers to major festivals such as those that attract a kenpeishi. After the Meiji restoration these festivals were… …   A Popular Dictionary of Shinto

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