Traditional events and Japanese sweets in November
"Inoko mochi" was introduced in "KYOTO CHISHIN" the other day.We will introduce you to "O-hi-taki Manju" that you would like to eat along with Inoko mochi which is a belief in fire prevention."O-hi-taki-sai Festival" is a traditional event held in November in Kyoto's towns and shrines.O-hi-taki Manju is offered to Okudo-san (a Shinto priest) to thank him for his safety for a year.It is characterized by the small red and white fukashi manju with a brand mark of "火炎宝珠 (Kaen-houju, flame hoju)".Is it just my imagination that I can see it on the face of a person laughing with a big mouth open?Okoshi is also offered along with the O-hi-taki Manju, after the mandarin oranges and "Fire up".The mandarin oranges are often thrown into the fire and used as roasted mandarin oranges.There is a custom to distribute Otosagari of offerings to neighbors from shops handling fire to ordinary households.It is also the time when people in the neighborhood start to hear shouts of "Hi no yojin (Beware of Fire)" and the sound of wooden clappers.Why don't you try O-hi-taki Manju with the wish of "Hi no yojin (Beware of Fire)"?It is said that O-hi-taki Manju was originally sold at a rice cake shop.Nowadays, O-hi-taki Manju is lined up in Japanese confectionery shops.This year, I was looking for O-hi-taki Manju from Namikawa Kaho on Kiyomizu Road.It is a Japanese confectionery shop owned by Kiyomizu-dera Temple and is also known for its famous confectionery "Kiyomizu"."O-hi-taki Okoshi" with yuzu is also on sale for a limited time so please try it!The O-hi-taki sai Festival is also held at various shrines in Kyoto as a traditional November event.For example, Monday, November 15 is Gokonomiya-jinja Shrine, Tuesday, November 16 is Kyoto Ebisu-jinja Shrine.November 23 (Tues. Holiday) is held at Taisho-gun-hachi-jinja Shrine, Imakumano-jinja Shrine, Hiraoka-hachiman-gu Shrine, Take isao-jinja Shrine, Shiramine-jingu Shrine, etc.Why don't you enjoy the O-hi-taki tour because there are different styles and different dates depending on the shrine?Fire is said to have a "1/f wobble" effect, so we might feel calm.Namikawa Kaho113 Tatsumi-cho, Matsubara agaru, Higashioji-dori Street, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto CityA short walk from Kiyomizu-michi, City bus stopHere is for What is "Inoko no Hi" and "Inoko Mochi" ?
What is "Inoko no Hi" and "Inoko Mochi" ?
November 11 is "亥の子の日 (Inoko no Hi Day)".The '亥 (I)' at the end of the twelve signs of the Chinese zodiac means 'Inoshishi (wild boar)'.In the past, not only the year but also the month and the day were expressed by the twelve signs of the oriental zodiac.The month of boar is October in the old calendar (around November in the modern calendar), and the hour of boar is around 21 to 23 o'clock.The day of boar changes every year, and November 11 in 2021 is the first day of the month of boar.On Inoko no hi, we pray for the prosperity of descendants and good health following the wild boar with many children.Inoko mochi 'has been eaten in "The month and the day of the boar and the hour of the boar" since ancient times.Inoko mochi is, as the name suggests, a rice cake modeled after a child (uribou) of a wild boar.It is said that it was introduced from China and started when it was held in the Imperial court in the Heian period.There is a description of Inoko mochi in "The Tale of Genji," so Murasaki Shikibu might have liked it.My favorite Inoko mochi is from Kanshundo Honten main store.Three lines are inserted into the rice cake, and you can feel the cuteness of Uribo (baby wild boar).We can also enjoy the flavor of white sesame mixed in gyuhi with double layer of white bean paste and mashed bean paste.Also, it has been said that the boar of the twelve signs of the oriental zodiac can escape from fire.For this reason, it is said that in the Edo period there was a custom to serve Irori fireplace or Kotatsu on the day of boar on the month of boar.In Chanoyu (tea ceremony), I heard that Inoko Mochi was served as tea ceremony confectionery on the day of the boar as the day of the hearth.Would you like to try Inoko Mochi on the month of boar, the day of boar, or the hour of boar, thinking of our ancestors?Kanshundo Honten (The main store of Kanshundo)292 -2 Kamihorizume-cho, Kawabata-dori Street Shomen sagaru, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City3 minutes walk from Exit 5 or 6 of Keihan Shichijo Station
The Shinto ritual in midsummer to pray for good health
This year's "Doyo no Ushi no Hi (day)" is Wednesday, July 28.Doyo 'refers to the period of about 18 days before the first day of spring, summer, autumn and winter, when the seasons change.Furthermore, according to the old calendar, dates were counted by the twelve signs of the Chinese zodiac (the Oriental zodiac).In other words, "Doyo no Ushi no Hi" is the day that falls on the "Ushi" in the "Doyo".The "Doyo no Ushi no Hi" at the turn of each season.Especially, it has a big image of summer.Eels are said to be best eaten on the Ushi no Hi during summer.It is also said that foods with "U" such as Udon and Umeboshi are good.There are many ingredients that are refreshing and easy to eat such as Uri (gourd) which is in season in summer.And the characteristic of midsummer doyo no ushi no hi is "Ashitsuke shinji (a Shinto ritual of dipping one's feet in the water of a pond)".This is the 'Mitarashi Festival' of Shimogamo-jinja Shrine (Kamomioya-jinja Shrine) and it is held during the evening of the four days before and after the "Doyo no Ushi no Hi".It will be held at Mitarashi Pond in the precincts from July 22 to August 1 this year.Mitarashi Pond is in front of Inoue Shrine (Mitarashi Shrine), and when you come out of the pond, it is called "Mitarashi River".The Mitarashi River, which runs through the precincts of Shimogamo Shrine, is said to have spring water gushing out from the bottom of the river during the Doyo season.The origin of "mitarashi dango" was the thought of dango from the bubbles of this water.Shimogamo Shrine is said to be the birthplace of Mitarashi dango.It is said that if you put your feet on the clear water of Mitarashi Pond on "Doyo no Ushi no Hi", you will be blessed with good health.Let's go into the river with candles, put our feet in the pond, and then drink "Goshinsui (water)".To get through the summer, I would like to get the power of "Mitarashi no Kami" in the Ashitsuke Shinji and eat eel.Shimogamo-jinja Shrine (Kamomioya-jinja Shrine)59 Shimogamo Izumigawa-cho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto CityA short walk from Shimogamo-jinja Mae, City bus stopMitarashi Matsuri - Ashitsuke Shinji 'is held from July 22 to August 1 from 9 to 20 o'clock.*Due to the coronavirus, the scale will be reduced and the number of people will be limited.*In order to avoid congestion, please visit the shrine avoiding 16 to 20 o'clock.*The contents may change depending on the situation.Here is for Mitarashi Dango from Kamo Mitarashi Chaya (Tea House)
Gion Matsuri Festival 'Mugon Mairi' (silent prayer)
The 'Otabi Kyoto' (Shijo Center) in Shijo Teramachi is a souvenir shop that deals with Kyoto's most famous local products.During the Gion Matsuri Festival, souvenir shops disappear and become "Gion Matsuri Yasaka-jinja Shrine Otabisho (sacred place where the sacred palanquin is lodged during the Gion Matsuri Festival)".Every year, on July 17 of the Shinko-sai Festival, three gods are carried to the otabisho from Yasaka-jinja Shrine and stay there until the 24th of the Kankosai-Festival.This year's Shinko-sai Festival, "Mikoshi togyo," which uses a portable shrine to carry gods, was also cancelled.Therefore, 3 portable shrines are not lined up in the Otabisho, but the most important event in the Gion Matsuri festival is Mikoshi togyo.Although it is not carried in a portable shrine, 3 gods are staying in this Otabisho this year.By the way, do you know the custom of Gion's Kagai that has been performed quietly at night in this period from long ago?It is "Mugon Mairi (silent prayer)".Maiko (apprentice geisha) make wishes that they cannot say to anyone.Between July 17 and 24th, seven and a half round trips are made by walking from Yasaka-jinja Shrine to the Otabisho without talking to anyone.It is said that if you keep silent on the way and during the visit, your secret wish will come true.If you talk to someone even once, you will have to start over from the beginning, so you have to pay attention to it.Susanoo no Mikoto is the shusaijin (main enshrined deities) of Yasaka-jinja Shrine.And Kushinadahime no Mikoto and Yahashira no Mikogami are main enshrined deities, too.It is said that Kushinadahime no Mikoto has the blessings of love fulfillment, child treasure and easy delivery, and a happy married couple.Originally, it started when Maiko (apprentice geisha) visited the shrine to pray for the fulfillment of romance.I wonder that it is also important to visit quietly even while Yamahoko Junko and Mikoshi togyo are not held.Yasaka-jinja Shrine Otabisho (sacred place where the sacred palanquin is lodged during the Gion Matsuri Festival)Minami Teian Maeno-cho, Teramachi Higashi-iru, Shijo Street, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto City3 minutes walk from Hankyu Kyoto Kawaramachi StationHere is for Open only during the Gion Matsuri Festival "Mitaraii Well"*Due to the coronavirus, it has not been open for 2021.
"Moving baby spot-billed ducks" from Temple's Pond to Kamo-gawa River
The Aoi Festival (Kamo Festival) in May is known as one of the three major festivals of Kyoto.They are the annual festivals of Kamigamo-jinja Shrine (Kamowakeikazuchi-jinja Shrine) and Shimogamo-jinja Shrine (Kamomioya-jinja Shrine).Following last year, the Jidai Gyoretsu (main procession) and the Roto no Gi on Saturday, May 15 were cancelled this year.The "Misogi no Gi" by Saio-dai has also been cancelled, and only related Shinto rituals are held behind closed doors to the public.Meanwhile, at this time of the Aoi Festival, there is a "procession" that cannot be canceled even due to the coronavirus.It is the "Kamo no O-hikkoshi (Moving spot-billed ducks)" where parent and baby of spot-billed ducks move from the temple where they grew up to the east bank of the Kamo-gawa River.The place where these spot-billed ducks live is' Yobo-ji Temple 'on Higashiyama Sanjo.This spring, at dawn on Tuesday, March 30, 13 baby spot-billed ducks hatched in the pond in the temple grounds.It all started with a pair of spot-billed ducksflew to the precincts of the shrine and laid eggs In 2005.Since then, they have bred in the pond and have been warmly watched by temples and neighbors until they leave the nest.This year, the "Kamo no O-hikkoshi (Moving spot-billed ducks)" was held on Thursday, May 13.Of the 13 hatchlings, 12 successfully grew and moved to the Kamo-gawa River about 700 meters west of the pond.It is said that there was no parent of spot-billed ducks in the early morning on this day, so the departure was done only with the baby spot-billed ducks!It takes about 2 hours for 12 baby spot-billed ducks to cross the Kamo-gawa River under the supervision of neighbors and police officers.Although there was no parent who was supposed to walk at the front, the line was more lively with many babies than usual.Of course, when they cross Kawabata-dori Street with heavy traffic, vehicles will be closed to traffic.It is a big event like the procession of the three major festivals in Kyoto where police cars are also dispatched.From the pond where they were born and raised to the big river, the "new life" for the baby spot-billed ducks started.By chance, Monday, May 10 to 16th (Sun) is Bird Week.I hope all of them grow up safely in Kamo-gawa River.
Carp streamers announcing the arrival of early summer
Carp streamers that swim in the sky for the Boy's Festival on May 5.Recently, we rarely see them, but it is one of the features of early summer.Many carp streamers are displayed in front of and around the entrance of Higashiyama Junior and Senior High Schools in Kyoto during this season.It is a new specialty of a prestigious boys' school that has been held since 3 years ago in the hope of children's health and safety and academic achievement.It is said that the number of carp streamers donated by guardians, school personnel and persons concerned was approximately 300.They are swimming in front of a school entrance and over Shishigatani-dori, Lake Biwa Canal.Last year, it was canceled due to a nationwide school closure caused by the novel coronavirus.This year, it is being hoisted until around Thursday, May 6 in hopes of ending the novel coronavirus.Established in 1868, Higashiyama Junior and Senior High School is one of the oldest private schools in Japan.It is said that the origin of Gakumon-jo (school) was the establishment of gakumonjo (a school) in Chion-in Temple during the chaotic period at the end of the Edo period when the necessity of learning was advocated.Eikando is a 1-minute walk, Nanzenji is a 2-minute walk, and Tetsugaku no michi is a 5-minute walk from there.The Keage's azaleas at Keage water purification plant we introduced in Kyoto-Chishin the other day is also about a 10 minute walk.Currently, 4 prefectures including Kyoto are under a state of emergency.Please refrain from going to Kyoto during Golden Week, too.How about enjoying Kyoto on the web without worrying about time and place?I hope the world will become a place where children can spend their time cheerfully and freely like carp streamers.
What is "Keso-Fumi-Uri (2 men who sell letters)"?
This year's Setsubun is not February 3, but February 2.The move comes as the first day of spring falls on February 3, so this is the first time for Setsubun in February 2 since 1897 in 124 years.Because it is a corona disaster, many shrines and temples will be stop entertaining such as a ceremony to drive out evil spirits, throwing beans and distribute Amazake.I would like to chase off coronavirus with ogres by throwing beans quietly at home.Speaking of main event of Setsubun Festival is driving off ogres, but there is a shrine that mysterious "Men" appears.Suga-jinja Shrine in Kyoto's Shogoin is known for its Setsubun event "Keso-Fumi-Uri (2 men who sell letters)".Now, the elegant "Keso-fumi-Uri" can only be seen at Suga-jinja Shrine's Setsubun Festival!There is a blessing of matchmaking, and a Ema (votive picture tablets) and Goshuin (stamps) given at the shrine office are also portrayed of "Kesofumi-Uri".According to the information provided by Suga-jinja Shrine, Keso-Fumi means "a Fuda (tag) used to satisfy people's desires such as marriage or business success".Keso-Fumi-Uri (seller) is dressed in an Eboshi (hat) and Suikan (kimono) and has a plum branch with hanging Keso-Fumi.Exposing only their eyes and covering the entire face with a white clothes is a measure to avoid being detected.In fact, the true identity of a love seller was a noble.It is said that Keso-Fumi was a secret source of income for court nobles who were well-educated but badly off.The appearance that the nose and mouth are completely hidden may unexpectedly become a measure against infectious diseases.If you hide a Keso-Fumi in your closet, it is said that you will be beautiful.In addition, it is said that you will get a quick marriage proposal and have a lot of clothes.Suga-jinja Shrine1 Shogoin Entomi-cho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City5 minutes walk from Kumano-jinja Mae, City bus stop
"Mikayu Shinji" and "Okayu Matsuri" based on historical events in the Heian period
Red Azuki beans are said to have power to drive away evil spirits.It has been eaten in Kyoto since the Heian period.For example, June 30, the "Nagoshi no harae" day.On this day, we eat a Japanese sweet called "Minazuki" which is made by scattering Azuki beans on a triangular Uiro.There is also a custom to eat Azuki-gayu on January 15 of Koshogatsu.It is based on the tradition that eating Azuki beans can remove evil spirits.Kamigamo Shrine (Kamowakeikazuchi-jinja Shrine) hosts the "Mikayu (rice porridge) Shinji Rituals".A Kayu tsue (stick) made from "Shikimi" tree is placed before the altar along with Azuki-gayu (Azuki bean rice porridge).People pray for the prevention of disasters throughout the year.Shimogamo Shrine (Kamomioya-jinja Shrine) also holds "Okayu (rice porridge) Sai Festival".Azuki-gayu (Azuki bean porridge and soybean porridge) are offered to the altar along with vegetables and fruits.They pray for a rich harvest and the security of the nation's people.At Shimogamo Shrine, Azuki-gayu is given to visitors after festivals every year.In 2021, the ceremony is held only for festivals, and Azuki-gayu is not given.I would like to cook Azuki beans at home, hoping that the world will be calm in spring.Speaking of Azuki beans, there is "Kyukeidokoro (teahouse) Saruya" in the precincts of Shimogamo Shrine.A teahouse of "Azuki-dokoro Hosendo" with its main store north of Shimogamo Shrine.Sweets and light meals which are said to have been devised with the chief priest of Shimogamo Shrine are provided.On the way back from visiting the shrine in the cold season, I will want to taste the flavorful "Ryoen (matchmaking) Zenzai" made of Tanba Dainagon Azuki beans.This is Zenzai that is inspired by the subordinate shrine "Aioi-no Yashiro Shrine in the precincts.It is said that there is a blessing in matchmaking.I feel my body and heart warm when I eat Ryoen Zenzai.Kamigamo-jinja Shrine (Kamowakeikazuchi-jinja Shrine)339 Kamigamo Motoyama, Kita Ward, Kyoto City3 minutes walk from Kamigamo Misonobashi City Bus stopShimogamo-jinja Shrine (Kamomioya-jinja Shrine)59 Shimogamo Izumigawa-cho, Sakyo-ku Ward, Kyoto City3 minutes walk from Shimogamo-jinja Mae City bus stop, or 6 minutes walk from Tadasunomori City bus stopKyukeidokoro (teahouse) Saruya59 Shimogamo Izumigawa-cho , Sakyo Ward , Kyoto City (Precincts of Shimogamo-jinja Shrine)2 minutes walk from Tadasunomori City bus stop
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