Tohji-taisai (Shinto) Tohji-taisai, the Grand Ceremony of the December solstice, celebrates the joy of the ending of the yin period of the sun, when it declines in strength, and the beginning of its growing power or yang period. The sun is of central importance in Japan, expressing the presence of Amaterasu Omikami, the Kami of [...]
Shuki-sorei-sai (Shinto) Shuki-sorei-sai, the September equinox memorial service, has observances similar to the march equinox memorial service. The March service is held at home altars to revere ancestors as kami. Gravesites are cleaned and purified.