A usually private Shinto ritual streamed online
During the ritual, Shinto priests and shrine maidens prayed for the end of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The Tenjin Festival is considered one of Japan’s top three festivals. But this year, many of the festivities including boats lighting up a river and fireworks were canceled due to the epidemic.
Officials decided to stream the usually private Hommiya-sai ceremony, as other parts of the festival could not be held as planned.