Cherry blossom festival for good relations
Enmusubi (praying for a good relationship and a marriage) cherry blossom festival is held at Jishu jinja shrine where is located north of Kiyomizu-dera temple main hall. Jishu jinja shrine is popular as a god of a good relationship and a marriage, and Okuninushinomikoto is a god of Jishu jinja shrine. It has been believed that gods reside in cherry blossom trees, and the blooming of cherry blossoms is a blessing of the gods. Enmusubi cherry blossom festival is held to celebrate the beautiful full-bloom cherry blossoms and brings the good relations to visitors. Needless to say, flower viewing is a popular spring event in Japan, but it is said that Enmusubi cherry blossom festival is the first event to celebrate the flower viewing with cheery blossoms in Japan. Around 500 people visit Jishu jinja shrine cherry blossom festival every year. You can see also the traditional performances like a Haiku or music, please enjoy a traditional cherry blossoms festival at the historical shrine and receive the blessing from the gods who reside in cherry blossoms.
Jishu cherry blossoms
Jishu cherry blossoms are rare type, which is blooming at Jishu jinja shrine only. 2 types of cherry blossoms are blooming at the same time and in the same trees. Jishu cherry blossom has another name of 'Mikuruma-gaeshi no sakura' (Literally cherry blossoms that make the imperial carriage come back). The origin of the name is that the emperor Saga ordered to return his carriage three times during his visit to the shrine, because he was deprived of his eyes to beautiful Jishu cherry blossoms.
Floral tribute by ‘Shirakawa jo'
When Kyoto was the capital of Japan, cherry blossoms are delivered to Kyoto imperial palace by women who are called ‘Shirakawa jo' every year. According to this old story, the floral tribute is performed by ‘women costumed in 'Shirakawa jo’ during the ceremony. It is a rare ritual which maintains a traditional style up to now. Please take photo ‘Shirakawa jo’.
After finishing the ritual in front of the main hall, another ritual is held again in front of Jishu cherry blossom trees. Kagura(Shinto music and dance ) and music which is written about Jishu cherry blossoms are performed by shrine maiden or chief priest.
Two love stones are placed on the way to the main hall. The one love stone is in gate of shrine and the other one is in back of the precinct. The distance of each stone is 10m. It is said that people who can successfully walk between the two "love stones" with their eyes closed will find a true love. Please try it!
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Enmusubi kigan sakura festival / えんむすび祈願 さくら祭り
|Address||317 Kiyomizu 1 chome, higashiyama ku, Kyoto city|
|Directions||10 minutes walk from Kiyomizu michi bus stop on Kyoto city bus route 206 or 100 from Kyoto station|
|Event time||10 am|
|Cancellations||No ( The ceremony which is held in front of jishu cherry blossom trees is cancelled in the case of rain )|
|Credit cards||Not accepted|
Jishu jinja shrine is close to some popular temple like a Kiyomizu temple or kodaiji temple. You can access some popular spots at one time.
|Lanuages spoken||Japanese only|