This healing ceremony is performed several times per year on the
28th day of the month by a senior "kamisama" spirit medium, in
the Godaimyoo (Five Lords) shrine,
at the rear of the Akakura Mountain Shrine complex, dedicated
to the fierce deity of fire, Fudo Myoo.
During the rite, the medium is believed by many to be possessed
by the spirit of Fudo.
The medium treats the author (kneeling) by placing the sword of
Fudo on her shoulder. As she does so, she instructs her patient
in protective Buddhist prayers.