On July 15th I attended Tamatsukuri Inari shrine summer festival (my local shrine) and the following day in pre-tyhoon weather went to Gion Matsuri in Kyoto.
Tanabata always makes me happy, its romantic, and I like all the pretty decorations. This year we couldn’t see the Okawa river milky way in Osaka, as it was on a Tuesday but we did manage to visit Shitennoji Temple again, and we did something new…
More plum blossom viewing this time in Osaka.
Because shops are busy during the new year business owners can’t get out to pray for the new year, so Toka Ebisu is for those business owners to come and pray for good business.
J and I got married on Christmas Eve in Kyoto 2009, 5 years ago! Since we lived in Osaka we have made it a tradition to go back to the shrine we got married at and pray.
This year we went a little earlier than usual as we couldn’t be together for our anniversary or Christmas.
Happy new year to everyone! Thank you for taking the time to read my blog, I hope it’s interesting/useful.
I spent this new year holiday in Nagoya with the husband. We have had a lovely time visiting Gifu and Ise as well as enjoying all Nagoya has to offer (mostly food).
O-bon week is about remembering your ancestors, many people return to their hometowns and clean their family graves.
Shitennoji temple hosts Urabon-e Manto Kuyo, a prayer candle event, you write the name of your ancestor on the paper which is burnt and sent to the gods.
It was really hot and the heat of the burning candles just made it even hotter! Monks were chanting prayers over the speaker systems and there was certainly two different vibes to the evening. One was a part celebratory matsuri vibe with the festival stalls with fish and cotton candy but also also another more somber vibe with an older crowd and people praying with prayer beads over the candles.
According to the website there are about 10,000 candles burnt during the event. I’m really glad we went it was definitely a sight to behold.
A few pictures from Sumiyoshi Taisha, J and I spent a peaceful hour or so walking around the other day.
Sumiyoshi is one of the few truly Japanese style shrines along with Ise Shrine.
I enjoyed my visit to Sumiyoshi, it was easy to find (just off Nankai Sumiyoshi station) and a nice way to spend some time in the sunshine.
Technically our first shrine visit was at 3am when we wandered to Namba Shrine after RockRock but we didn’t join the que and pray, just warmed ourselves by the fire and bought cute little NY snakes.
Our first proper visit was to our local Tamatsukuri Inari Shrine.
Queuing to get in.
We said our prayers, drank some sake and walked around.
Hopefully this will bring us all good luck and a fresh start for the New Year!