Most viewed - Sanno-sai Festival 山王祭
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The Sanno-sai Festival is held annually on April 12-15 at Hiyoshi Taisha Shrine in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture. Not to be confused with the Sanno Matsuri held by Hie Shrine in Tokyo. It centers on April 14, the shrine's most important day called Reisai.439 views
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Most of the mikoshi were carried back by truck. Also see my YouTube video here.175 views
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Wakamiya Shrine near Wakamiya Port.137 views
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They carried the mikoshi on a rainy day on April 14, 2009.121 views
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Barge loaded with mikoshi approaching Wakamiya Port. Sanno-sai Festival.67 views
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Hiyoshi Taisha is at the foot of Mt. Hiei (home of Enryakuji temple) and it worships the mountain god. The Sanno-sai festival is the shrine's biggest festival and one of Shiga's biggest festivals. MAP62 views
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Sanno-sai Festival, Hiyoshi Taisha Shrine, Otsu, Shiga Prefecture61 views
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Sanno-sai Festival, Hiyoshi Taisha Shrine, Otsu, Shiga Prefecture57 views
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Mikoshi bearers were standing by at Wakamiya Port and one by one they offloaded the mikoshi from the barge.54 views
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The Tendai Zasu Abbot proceeds to Nishi Hongu.52 views
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On April 12, they raucously bring down portable shrines from Mt. Hachioji nearby in the evening. On April 13, they hold a series of ceremonies including this one called the Tea Offering Ceremony at 11 am. 献茶祭50 views
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Delivering the tea.47 views
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The Tendai Abbot (orange robes) lines up along with other Enryakuji Buddhist priests on the Sando path of Hiyoshi Taisha.43 views
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Hiyoshi Taisha's tea field is said to be Japan's oldest. Tea picked from this field is presented to the gods housed in the portable shrines.39 views
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Delivering the tea.39 views
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Next day on April 14, the Reisai day, the schedule is filled with more ceremonies and events. At 10 am, the Reisai ceremony is held at Nishi Hongu with the Tendai Zasu Abbot from Enryakuji in attendance. He is under the red umbrella.39 views
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The Tea Offering Ceremony is held at the Yomiya-jo where the four portable shrines (mikoshi) are placed. 宵宮場 大政所38 views
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Another group arrive and position themselves at another mikoshi.38 views
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THe head priest of Hiyoshi Taisha greets the Tendai Abbot.38 views
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These photos were taken on April 13-14, 2009. I still have to see the other ceremonies.35 views
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Young ceremony assistants.35 views
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The first group start to violently rock the mikoshi back and forth.35 views
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All four groups of men then rocked the mikoshi back and forth. making thunderous noise. Very dramatic. This is called Yomiya Otoshi. 宵宮落し神事35 views
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THe Flower Procession is held to celebrate the birth of the shrine's child god. Therefore, this event centers on the parent-child connection.34 views
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Shogenji temple where all the torch bearers will gather later. Shogenji is a Tendai Buddhist temple on the Sando road. 生源寺34 views
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Flower Procession. They walk slowly and deliberately with parents and relatives in tow. 花渡り式33 views
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Tendai Zasu Abbot 天台座主33 views
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The tea is offered to each of the four mikoshi which had been brought down from Mt. Hachioji the night before. The tea is said to bring safe childbirths.32 views
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The procession includes samurai.32 views
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April 13 climaxes in the evening with the Yomiya Otoshi Ceremony starting with a torch procession around the streets near Hiyoshi Taisha from 6 pm.32 views
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They stop and after a few speeches, they drop the mikoshi with a bang to symbolize the birth of the child god. Also see my YouTube video here.32 views
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The Tendai Abbot chants a sutra in front of the Honden at Nishi Hongu. 読経32 views
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More bowing between priests.32 views
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Mikoshi bearers run to the shrine.32 views
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The Tendai Abbot leaving Nishi Hongu.32 views
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Flower Procession draws large crowds.31 views
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The Flower Procession ends at the Yomiya-jo where they bless the child in front of the mikoshi. This Flower Procession ceremony costs the proud, doting parents big bucks.31 views
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Family portrait with the chigo child.31 views
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These guys can get pretty drunk as they haul the torches.31 views
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Torch bearers arrive at the Yomiya-jo while running.31 views
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Interesting to see Buddhist priests chanting Buddhist sutras in front of a Shinto shrine.31 views
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Monkey carvings on a mikoshi. The monkey is the messenger of the mountain god.30 views
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Hi kids!30 views
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The next ceremony is the Hitsuji Offering Ceremony conducted by parishioners from Hiyoshi Jinja Shrine in Kyoto. Starting at 3 pm on April 13, this ceremony has been conducted for many centuries since the Heian Period. 未の御供献納祭30 views
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The fun is not over until they start to carry the mikoshi out of the Yomiya-jo. They run with the mikoshi and make it very dramatic (and dangerous if you're in their way).30 views
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The Shinto priests proceed to Nishi Hongu.30 views
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Evidence of how close Shinto and Buddhism were in past centuries in Japan.30 views
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The four mikoshi at the Yomiya-jo storehouse.29 views
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Shrine parishioners carry giant torches around the streets of Sakamoto the neighborhood of Hiyoshi Taisha.29 views
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Yomiya-jo29 views
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The Tendai Abbot offers the sacred branch.29 views
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Then the mikoshi sailed to Wakamiya Port. 船渡御29 views
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After the Tea Offering Ceremony, they march back.28 views
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The Sanno Festival (in Japanese it's called Sanno-sai, not Sanno Matsuri) consists of a myriad of festival events. Also interesting is the participation of Buddhist priests from Enryakuji temple atop Mt. Hiei.28 views
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At 1 pm on the Sando main road leading to Hiyoshi Taisha Shrine, the Flower Procession (Hana-watari-shiki) is held with little kids dressed up as nobility. 28 views
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Flower Procession on Sando 花渡り式28 views
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Some kids get tried and end up being carried.28 views
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All four groups have arrived and they stand around the mikoshi. There are more people behind the mikoshi as well.28 views
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There they go, racing to Nishi Hongu Shrine. And that's it for April 13.28 views
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Two more groups arrive while running.28 views
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The Tendai Zasu Abbot is escorted to the Honden.28 views
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Mikoshi bearers on Sando road make their way to the shrine.28 views
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The Tendai Abbot leaves Nishi Hongu in a procession of Buddhist priests.28 views
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Ceremony in front of a shishi lion head.28 views
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Also see my YouTube video here.28 views
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Flower Procession, Sanno-sai Festival. There are two escorts wearing ceremonial aprons and they drag a wand over the road. 27 views
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The first group arrive at Yomiya-jo and go to their mikoshi.27 views
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The Tendai Abbot receives the sacred branch to be offered at Nishi Hongu.27 views
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On the left is the Haiden Hall with the mikoshi which were brought there the night before from the Yomiya-jo. Nishi Hongu's Honden (main hall) is on the right. 例祭27 views
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Spectators come to see their classmates in the procession.26 views
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Also see my YouTube video here.26 views
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The offerings are given to the four mikoshi at the Yomiya-jo storehouse.26 views
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Hiyoshi Taisha's Nishi Hongu (West) Shrine. This building is a National Treasure. 西本宮26 views
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All the torch groups head for the temple.26 views
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After the Reisai Ceremony, the Tendai Abbot leaves Nishi Hongu through the Romon Gate.26 views
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Sacred Horse (dummy) on a small truck proceeds around the shrine at 1 pm. I wonder how they did this in the old days. 御浦神事26 views
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Mikoshi on trucks to transport them to the boat dock.26 views
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Little kids in ceremonial dress for this fesival are called chigo. 稚児25 views
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Samurai warriors in the Flower Procession.25 views
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The torch procession gather at Shogenji temple at 7 pm on April 13.25 views
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Now at the Yomiya-ho where the four mikoshi are placed. The torch bearers run from the Sando road to Yomiya-jo. This is at around 9 pm.25 views
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It was raining this day on April 14, 2009. This is the Romon Gate to Nishi Hongu.25 views
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The mikoshi pass under the Sanno torii.25 views
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Assistants stand on the steps of the Nishi Hongu.24 views
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More Tendai priests from Enryakuji temple proceed to Nishi Hongu. Buddhist priests do not wear the flappy cap like Shinto priests.24 views
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Returning the large sakaki branch from Tenson Shrine. 大榊還御24 views
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The Hitsuji offerings include arrows, bells, brushes, dolls, flowers, and sweets. Priests give prayers as they deliver the offerings.23 views
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Afterward, they move to Hiyoshi Taisha's Nishi Hongu Shrine.23 views
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Festival participants make their way to the shrine.23 views
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At 2:30 pm, they started carrying the mikoshi.23 views
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The mikoshi return to land at Wakamiya Port.23 views
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Nishi Hongu Haiden Hall has the mikoshi portable shrines.22 views
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At 1 pm, they held the Large Sakaki Branch Returning Ceremony at Nishi Hongu. The branch was returned from Tenson Shrine (天孫神社/西宮神社). Sakaki is a type of evergreen sacred to Shinto. 大榊還御22 views
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It was done with great fanfare.22 views
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Carrying the mikoshi through Romon Gate at Nishi Hongu.22 views
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Ceremony attendees.21 views
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After the sakaki branch ceremony, at 1:30 pm they held the Haiden Departure Ceremony at the Haiden where seven mikoshi were placed. 拝殿出し神事21 views
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Mikoshi ornaments were then installed on the mikoshi.21 views
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Four of the mikoshi were to be carried by humans. 21 views
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Three of the mikoshi were put on trucks.21 views
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Sanno-sai Festival, Hiyoshi Taisha Shrine, Otsu, Shiga Prefecture21 views
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Mikoshi bearers are taken by bus to the boat dock at 七本柳の浜 which was too far away for me to reach in time.21 views
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Mikoshi bearers run through Nishi Hongu's Romon Gate.20 views
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People head for Nishi Hongu where the mikoshi are.20 views
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They then carried the mikoshi from the Haiden to the Sando road.20 views
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They passed through the Romon Gate.20 views
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One after another, they carried out the seven mikoshi.20 views
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Heading down Sando road.20 views
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Hiyoshi Taisha torii on the shore of Lake Biwa. This is not where they load the boat with the mikoshi.20 views
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The mikoshi departed by boat at 3 pm. They were put on a barge pulled by a tugboat. The barge sailed off the coast of Karasaki Shrine where they held a ceremony.19 views
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Passing under another torii facing Sando road.18 views
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