(*1) Goryoue refers to a ritual of prayer held to soothe the curse of the vengeful ghosts.
(*2) Hoko signifies a type of spear but was originally used to refer to a stick with a sharp end. In those days, people believed that spirits could easily dwell in the Hoko. Therefore, in ancient days, people sometimes released the Hokos possesed by evil spirits onto rivers.
(*3) Kippu-iri refers to the beginning of the religious services. In each neighborhood association that participated in the festival of towing Yama or Hoko, the people involved held meetings to make various arrangements for the festival.
(*4) Eki-jinja is a small shrine located in the precincts of Yasaka-jinja.
Nagoshi-harae is a shinto religious ceremony in summertime held to pray for the healthy life of the remaining six months of the year, which is usually taken place on June 30 in other shrines.