BLOGLiterary Calendar2021.11.13

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 Kaho
113 Tatsumi-cho, Matsubara agaru, Higashioji-dori Street, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City
A short walk from Kiyomizu-michi, City bus stop

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