BLOGLiterary Calendar2020.11.20

A traditional event held in November to celebrate the growth of children aged 7, 5 and 3

​A traditional event held in November to celebrate the growth of children aged 7, 5 and 3 "七五三まいり (753 Mairi)".

​It is the adorable way for the children, dressed in their best clothes, to go and pray with their parents.

​I think some people are planning to visit the shrine during these three consecutive holidays.

​It is said to have originated from a ceremony in the Heian period, and to have begun the current style of visiting the shrine in the Edo period.

​The Japanese nursery rhyme "Toryanse (Please go through)" also describes 753 scenes of prayer.

​"Koko ha doko no hosomichi ja? (Which lane is this?) "

"Tenjin-sama no hosomichi ja (The narrow road is Tenjin-sama's one)"

​Speaking of Tenjin-sama in Kyoto, it is Kitano-tenmangu Shrine.

​It is the headquarters of about 12,000 Tenman-gu and Tenjin-sha shrines across the country, known as the birthplace of Tenjin-shinko Faith.

​Kitano Tenmangu Shrine also accepts "753 Mairi" as needed during November.

​The god of wisdom, Michizane Sugawara, is the enshrined deity and he is the "Tenjin-sama,".

​It appears in the poem "Iki ha yoi-yoi, Kaeri ha kowai (Please go through now, but there may be something scary going back)"

​There is also a theory that at that time, people used to visit the Tenjin-sama Shrine through the Sando (an approach to the shrine), and used a lonely back road on the way back.

​In Kitano Tenmangu, around Odoi was the way back home at that time.

もみじえん.jpg​The current Odoi of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine is unveiled to the public during the period of its 753 pilgrimage "Historic Site Odoi Momiji-en Garden".

​It is very crowded with many people who love the autumn leaves at the best time.

If you apply for "753 temple visits" and visit the temple, the entrance fee of Momiji-en will be half price.​

There is no such thing as "Kaeri ha kowai (there may be something scary going back)" and it seems to be a song "Kaeri ha tanoshii (The return is pleasant)".

​​Parents and children who appear in the nursery rhyme "Toryanse (Please go through)" may also be envious of the present age.


​Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine
​Bakurocho, Kamigyo-ward, Kyoto-city, Kyoto
​A short walk from the City bus stop, Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine

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