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The character REI is made up of two elements: shimesu and yutaka.

sumusuSHIMESU: the divine spirit come down to inhabit the altar

yutakaYUTAKA:  the mountain and the wooden offering-vase containing food:  two ears of rice, and the container over-flowing with food: – abundance.

These two elements combined give the idea of an altar abundantly provided with food-offerings, before which one waits for the descent of the divine

matsuri  =  CELEBRATION .

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– – –  Tamura Nobuyoshi Shihan,  Aikido, étiquette et transmission  p. 34

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