Aenokoto

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Aenoko, a prominent folk event in Okunoto, is a ritual to worship and show gratitude to the deity of the rice field who ensures good growth and an abundant harvest of rice. On December 5, at the end of the year’s harvest, the deity is welcomed from the rice field by the head of the family, and offered an elaborate meal at their home. The deity is then returned to the rice field on February 9, having spent the long, cold winter indoors. Although the ritual was performed by most farming households in Okunoto area in old times, these days only few households continue to perform the event as it had been. However, all the farmers go about their work paying homage and showing a feeling of gratitude towards the rice field deity who watches over their rice growing.

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「あえのこと」は、田の神様に感謝する奥能登の代表的な民俗行事。
年末の12月5日に田んぼから田の神様を迎え一年の収穫を感謝し、精一杯のごちそうでもてなします。田の神様は家の中で越年すると信じられており、翌年2月9日の「田の神おくり」で、再び田んぼに送られます。昔は、能登地域の多くの農家で行われていましたが、最近では昔通りの行事を行う家庭が少なくなりました。すべての農家は、稲作を守る田の神様に祈り、感謝する気持ちを持って農作業に当たります。