Ayatokunaka Shrine (Minami Ward, Kyoto City) announced on June 15, 2024 that it has chosen 5th grader Komada Soushi (11 years old) from Ikenoue Elementary School in Setagaya Ward, Tokyo, to be the "Kuze Komagata Chigo", who will lead the mikoshi (portable shrine) on horseback during the Gion Festival's Shinko Festival (July 17) and Kanko Festival (July 24). In principle, two students have been selected up until now, but due to the effects of the declining birthrate and other factors, only one student will be selected this year.

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