Shrines and temples are one of the top tourist attractions in Japan. Each of them has unique rituals and stories and attracts millions of visitors from all across the world every year.
種種寺廟中，「有鹿神社」(Aruka Shrine) 的奇葩儀式可見一位祭司戴著兩米長的綠蔥頭飾。位於日本海老名市的有鹿神社已經有超過5000多年的歷史，也是整個神奈川縣最古老的神社。
The Aruka Shrine is known for a unique ceremony where a priest wears a two-meter-long green onion headgear. The temple is located in Ebina, Japan, and is over 5000 years old, making it the oldest shrine in the Kanagawa Prefecture.
According to foreign media reports, the green onion ceremony was inspired by a ceremony performed by Miwako Kojima known as Panda Miyaji, where the priest would wear a panda head.
This ceremony attracted many visitors to the Aruka Shrine, and also challenged the idea that religion has to be formal and full of rules.
Kojima wanted to create a similar ceremony for the head priest, Negi-san. Since “negi” has a similar pronunciation to “onion”, Kojima came up with the idea of a tall green onion headgear known as Negi Head in 2017.
Videos of her ceremonies were posted online and went viral in 2020 on Twitter, and many social media users were intrigued by this unusual but fun ritual.
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In the video, Negi-san bends forward to pass through a circle the size of a hula hoop.
The headgear is almost twice her height, so she has to bend at a 90-degree angle in order to fit the green onion through the circle. According to reports, this is a way to pray for peace and safety.
The headgear itself is made of cardboard wrapped with imitation paper and white and green paraffin paper.
As the Negi head grew in popularity, many priests made their own green onion headgears and performed unique rituals. Some combined the ceremony with music and instruments, while others created dances.