BLOGLiterary Calendar2021.07.17

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 City
3 minutes walk from Hankyu Kyoto Kawaramachi Station


Here is for Open only during the Gion Matsuri Festival "Mitaraii Well"
*Due to the coronavirus, it has not been open for 2021.

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