'Meandering stream party'. A re-enactment of Kyoku-sui (meandering stream), a game played by the nobility in which participants had to compose a five-line tanka poem in time to drink sake from a lacquer cup floating towards them downstream. The ceremony is performed at the Jonangu shrine, Kyoto, on April 29th, and at the Tenmangu shrine, Fukuoka, on the first Sunday in March.

A Popular Dictionary of Shinto. .

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