Many shrines hold an ancient Japanese Summer Purification Ceremony, called Nagoshi no Harae. every year on the last day of the first half of the year. In this ceremony worshippers walk through a reed gate chinowa(a giant wreath made of a kind of rush called chigaya) which is believed to purify all defilements (kegare) and protects people from misfortune. Then people pray for their health in the remainder of the year.
is a Shinto shrine located in Kotohira Town ,Nakatado District of Kagawa Prefecture, It’s also known as Konpira-san and supposed to have been founded during the first century. The inner shrine of Kotohira-gu is located halfway up Mt. Zozu-san at an altitude of 521 meters ,only accessible via 1,368 stone steps. The protector Kami of sailors is here, Konpira-san.
In 1888, the carpenter Kuno Gihei from Mio Village made a voyage to Canada. He settled down Steveston Village at the mouth of the Fraser River and engaged in salmon fishing. Later, he called relatives and villagers together in Canada. In 1940, the number of Canada emigrants of Mio Village reached 2000. It became the big power of the Japanese-emigrant society of Canada. People who have immigrated to Canada sent money to their relatives in Mio Village and those who returned to Japan built houses in a Western style. The houses were painted white and having a tiled roof with stucco.. This exotic village has been called America-mura.
We have no record when Kishu Goten Temari originated. However, it is said theTemari was manufactured to entertain a young Princess married to the Kishu Family. Later, it was known as Goten-Temari, and had been loved by the princesses of the noble family from generation to generation. During the Meiji period, rubber balls were introduced and the Temari gradually declined. This elegant ball is still popular today as souvenirs.
Ten Ten Tenmari, Tentemari Oh , I missed it when playing a Temari . It is bounding from place to place. My Temari went over a fence, and over a top of the roof, flying to the street. It flew away and away.
Gotanshin Festival is held on the birthday of the shrine deity, Sugawara no Michizane at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine located in Bakuro-cho Kamigyo-ku,Kyoto City on June 25. A Chino-wa wreath or kuguri, a giant plant wreath is set up at the shrine gate on that day and it is believed that people will be assured of a healthy year if they walk through it.
Toryanse is one of the most famous Warabe uta of Japan. Warabe uta are traditional Japanese children's songs. This song is often sung as part of traditional children's game. Two children facing each other link their hands to form an arch, and the remaining children walk through underneath in a line. When the song finishes, the arch suddenly takes down and the child who happens to be under the arch is caught. It is said the arch is a portrayal of a checkpoint of Kawagoe Castle The approach to Miyoshino -Jinja Shrine ,which was situated within Kawagoe Castle compound, was said to be the original stage of “Toryanse”. Ordinary people were only allowed to visit the shrine for special occasions.
Let me pass, let me pass What is this narrow pathway here? It's the narrow pathway of the Tenjin shrine
Daian-ji is an ancient Buddhist temple located in Daianji Cho, Nara City. It is traditionally one of the seven great temples of Nara(Nanto Shichi Daiji). Daian-ji is the last stop on the Yamato Jusan Butsu pilgrimage. This temple was originally built in Asuka area, moving to this location in 716. On June 23, the Memorial Ceremony for Bamboo will be held at Daianji Temple. Green bamboo is offered to the main image of the temple, the statue of Juichimen Kannon. This ritual is held o thank for bamboo. which has been inextricably mixed into the Japanese way of life. Sasazake (bamboo liquor) is served to attendees. Bamboo liquor is believed to be effective in curing cancer.
Hino-misaki is a cape in the western end of the Kii Peninsula ,facing the Kii Channel. A lighthouse with white wall stands at the end of the cape. This lighthouse is the most important one at the coast of the Ki Channel. The lighthouse has been destroyed by air attacks on July 30, 1945. The current lighthouse was rebuilt on July 12, 1951. The area around the lighthouse is Hino-misaki Park from where visitors can enjoy the splendid view of the Pacific Ocean.
is located in Kyutaro-machi, Chuo-ku, Osaka City. The shrine is said to be established by Empress Jingu who enshrined Ikasuri-no-kami at the mouth of the Yodo River when she returned from Korea. Later, Toyotomi Hideyoshi moved the shrine of the guardian god of Settsu Nishinari-gun to the present location from the south end of the Watanabe Bridge in 1583 , in order to build Osaka Castle. This shrine has been worshipped as a deity of residence protection, travel safety and safe delivery. Gradually second-hand shops and ceramic wholesale shops gathered around the area. There is the Toki (ceramics)Shrine ,moving from Utsubo-Mimami in 1907, within the premises of this shrine. Every year on July 23, the Toki Festival is held at the Toki Shrine. In the rainy season, visitors can enjoy pink and purple hydrangeas in full glory in the precincts of the shrine.
Takekiri-eshiki will be held on June 20 at Kurama-dera Temple located in Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi. The Kurama-dera Temple is said to be founded by the monk Gantei in 770. Takekiri-eshiki is one of the oldest events in Kyoto. Four 2-men dressed as warrior priests teams(both teams represent different farming areas) compete in the ceremonial ritual of cutting a long piece of bamboo representing huge serpents. The ritual is based on an ancient legend in which a monk of the temple got rid of a giant snake. The winning bamboo cutting team is said to be assured of a good harvest this year.
Tengachaya Station is a Nankai Electric Railway and Osaka Municipal Subway Sakaisuji Line station in Nishinari-ku, Osaka-shi. This station is the terminal station of the Sakaisuji Line. Hankyu trains from and to Takatsuki also use the Sakaisuji line. Tengachaya Station is an important connection point for north-south commuters of Osaka.. All trains of the Nankai Main Line and the Koya Line of Nankai Electric Railway stop at Tengachaya Station. The station has an island platform and two side platforms with four tracks elevated. As for the Osaka Municipal Subway Sakaisuji Line, the station is located under the station of the Nankai Railway. There are an island platform and a side platform with three tracks on the first basement.
The Hojo Line is Japanese railway line between Ao, Ono ,where it connects with the Kakogawa Line of JR West and the Ao Line of Kobe Electric Railway, and Hojomachi, Kasai in Hyogo Prefecture,. This is the railway line operated by Hojo Railway, the third sector company. It runs 13.6 km. There are 8 stations on the line. The line is not electrified.
The Kishu Railway Line is a Japanese railway line in Wakayama Prefecture. It runs between Gobo Station and Nishi-Gobo Station, Its distance is only 2.7 km. This line is operated by Kishu Railway Co., Ltd. But the company's main business is real estates and hotels. The line has 5 stations (Gobo ,Gakumon ,Kii-Gobo, Shiyakusho-mae and Nishi-Gobo). The line connects to Kisei Main Line of JR West at Gobo Station.
The Kure Line is a rail line operated by JR West in Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. It runs between Mihara Station in Mihara City to Kaitaichi Station in Kaita Town. It's one of the main lines of JR West. It has 28 stations including the both ends
Chishaku-in Temple is the main temple of the Chisan School Shingon sect located in Higashi-kawaramachi, Higashi-oji Nanajo-sagaru, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City. The temple has 3,000 branch temples nationwide. It was transferred to Kyoto from Negoro-ji Temple of Kii( present Wakayama Prefecture)in 1585. The Main Hall was destroyed by fire during the Meiji period and rebuilt in 1975. This temple is well known for its garden, designed in the Momoyama period. Sliding screens with paintings of cherry and maple trees ,created by Hasegawa Tohaku, are also famous. These were designated as National Treasures. Thememorial ceremony will be dedicated to the Buddhist saint Kobo Daishi and features sutra chanting on June 15.
Every year, on the second Saturday of June, about 100 fascinating decorative horses march at the distance of 15 km from Sozen Shrine of Takizawa-mura to Hachiman shrine of Morioka-shi in Iwate Prefecture. Bells attached to the horses sound as they walk. These ting-a-ling sounds are called the origin of the name of the festival. This parade opens the summer festival season.
Sakaihigashi Station is a train station Located in Sakai Ward, Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture, Japan. This station is on the Nankai Electric Railway Koya Line operated by Nankai Electric Railway Co.,Ltd. It has 2 island platforms with 4 tracks. Nearby are Sakai City Hall ,Sakai Ward Office ,Osaka District Court Sakai Branch, Osaka Family Court Sakai Branch, Sakai Summary Court ,Sakai Tax Office and Takashimaya department store.
Sagami-ji is a Shingon Buddhist temple in Kasai City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. It was built by Emperor Shomu in 745 at the request of Gyoki, a Buddhist priest.. The temple records tell us Gyoki received an oracle from Sagami Myojin instructing a temple to be built on these grounds. After the building was badly damaged in the Heiji Rebellion of 1159, it was rebuilt. The temple was again burnt down in conflicts during 1578.
Tenneiji Temple is a Buddhism temple of the Tendai sect located in Onomichi City ,Hiroshima Prefecture, It was built in 1367 by Ashikaga Yoshiakira. The temple is famous for its three-storied pagoda which was designated as an Important Cultural Property by the Japanese government. “500 luohan statutes” in the Luohan Hall overwhelms visitors with their powerful expressions. The temple is also called “tree-peony temple” for it’s beautiful tree peony.
Rice Planting Festival will be held at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine on June 10. Fushimi Inari-taisha is the main shrine of Inari shrines all over Japan. It is located in Yabunouchi-cho Fukakusa Fushimi-ku, Kyoto City. This ritual is held to ensure a good harvest in autumn. In the rice planting ritual, about 30 women dressed in traditional farm worker clothing plant rice seedlings in the sacred shrine rice field.
Wakayama Prefecture ,located in the southern part of the Kansai area, is full of hot springs. The two most popular hot spring areas are Shirahama which is along the western coast and further south, Katsuura. In Nachi-Katsuura Town of Wakayama Prefecture, there are the two famous spas of Katsuura and Kawayu. It is said that the first hot springs were discovered in this area in approximately 480. Nachi-Katsuura has been prosperous as a monzen-machi of the Kumano Hayatama Shrine.
The Kisuki Line is a railway line operated by West Japan Railway Company(JR West) between Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture and ShobaraCity, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. It runs 81.9 km. There are 18 stations on this line. The line connects with the Geibi Line of JR West at Bingo Ochiai Station and the San'in Main Line of JR West at Shinji Station. The seasonal Okuizumo Orochi-go, old-style coach train, runs through from Izumo Yokota Station to Bingo Ochiai Station.
The 23rd Gion Hojo-e will be held on June 7 in Gion(Tatsumi Bridge in Shirakawa) To thank and show respect for the life of living creatures, monks, pilgrims and young maiko-san will release 2,000 baby carp fish into the Shirakawa stream after the monks recited some sutras.
Achi jinja is a Shinto shrine located in Honmachi, Kurashiki City,Okayama Prefecture. The shrine was built on Tsurugatayama to hold back invading sea tides. Mt. Tsurugatayama was an island ( called Kamejima) in old days. Visitors can enjoy a splendid panoramic view from atop Mt. Tsurugatayama and the slabs of granite creating the stairs are a striking sight.
Kii-Oshima-Island、located 1.8km off Kushimoto, is the largest island in Wakayama Prefecture. The island has an area of 9.66 km². It is connected to Kushimoto by the Kushimoto-Big-Bridge, a series of three arch bridges, opened in 1999. Before these bridges were built, the way to the island was only by a Junkousen boat. The Japan-U.S. Friendship Memorial Hall on the island commemorates the visit of the trade vessel Lady Washington in 1791.
Kamikura Jinja is a Shinto shrine located on the mountainside of Mt. Kamikura, Shinguu City, Wakayama Prefecture. This shrine is a branch shrine of the Kumano-Hayatama Grand Shirine. It is considered to be the place of the advent of Kumano Sansho Okami who are .the enshrined deities of Kumano-Sanzan. The shrine is on the cliff at a height of 100 m above sea level. Gotobiki-iwa Rock stands behind the building of front shrine. The rock shaped a huge frog is the symbol of the God, At this shrine , Oto Festival is held on Feb.6 every year. It is famous as a fire festival. Men and boys dressed in a white costume run down a sudden stone stairway holding flaming torches.
Shionomisaki is located at longitude 135.46 east and latitude 33.26 north in the southernmost tip of Honshu. A white lighthouse stands 19 m tall on the cliff at 30m above sea level. It was built in 1863 to designs drafted by a British engineer. It is protecting ships heading out to sea today.