BLOGWalking2021.06.19

"Hangesho" and "Hato Mochi" in Miyake Hachiman-gu Shrine

"Hangesho" is a plant of Dokudami (a kind of medical herbs) family, with green leaves become half white in summer.

The 11th day from the summer solstice is called "Hangesho" and during this period half of green leaves turn white.

It is also said that "Hangesho" got its name because it looks like it puts on half (Han) makeup (Kesho).

In 2021, June 21 fell on the summer solstice, so, "Hangesho" day is July 2.

This year, earlier than usual, it seems that "Hangesho" begins to turn white in various places without waiting for the summer solstice.

Famous "Hangesho" places in Kyoto is Ryosoku-in Temple (a sub-temple of Kennin-ji Temple), Tenryu-ji Temple, Daikaku-ji Temple and Toji-in Temple.

Among them, Miyake Hachiman-gu Shrine may be a little-known spot for "Hangesho".Right now, "Hangesho" in the precincts are dyed in pure white and greet the visitors.

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Miyake Hachiman-gu Shrine is where the "Koma-bato" is enshrined because a pigeon is a messenger of Hachiman.

We can enjoy Miyake Hachiman-gu's specialty "Hato Mochi (Sweet rice dumpling in the shape of a pigeon)" at the tea house on the grounds.

The Miyake Hachiman Tea House, which was closed, was renovated and reopened as a "Chamise (teahouse) Poppo" this spring.

"Hato Mochi" can now be enjoyed again in the well-ventilated teahouse surrounded by greenery and "Hangesho".

"Hato Mochi" is a confectionery that was made by "Honke Sokyudo," a Kyoto Confectionery Department in Shugakuin and consists of three types: Nikki, Maccha and White.

We can enjoy a set with Japanese herb tea in the store, and you can also take out one.

And also coffee, tea and light meals such as canapes and hot egg sandwiches are provided, so how about coming there after visiting Miyake Hachiman-gu Shrine?

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"Chamise Poppo" is located on the approach to the shrine in front of Ichi no Torii (the first Torii) of Miyake Hachiman-gu Shrine and is open only on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays.

The terrace seat looking around the Ichi no Torii seem to be comfortable, too.

"Hangesho", which is at the best time to see, and smiling sisters will welcome you.


"Chamise (teahouse) Poppo"
22 Miyake-cho, Kamitakano, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City (in Miyake Hachiman-gu Shrine)
6 minutes walk from Eizan Electric Railway Miyakehachiman Station


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