BLOGLiterary Calendar2021.07.26

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".

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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 City
A short walk from Shimogamo-jinja Mae, City bus stop


Mitarashi 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)

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