Yasurai dance with flower umbrellas bring you a health and a happiness
Yasurai festival is held on the second Sunday of April at Imamiya shrine every year. Yasurai has been designated as one of the nation's folk intangible cultural heritage, and has been one of Kyoto's best 3 funny festivals with Uzumasa cow festival and Kurama fire festival. It has been said that if the day of Yasurai festival is sunny, all Kyoto festivals in this year would be blessed with weather. The origin of Yasurai festival are the two old rituals, a Ekijin pilgrimage to calm the evil spirits and Gorei festivals held in the area named Eyami, where Imamiya shrine is currently located. Usually around 5000 people are visiting to Yasurai festival. The highlight is a ceremony and a flower umbrella.
Flower umbrellas which are decorated with cherry blossoms or camellias and red or black hair demons are making the line, and the parade is going to Imamiya shrine while they shout ‘Yasurai no hana ya ~’ meaning ‘the flower of Yasurai‘ in Japanese.
Ueno yasurai and Kawakami yasurai, (they have different origins) arrive at Imamiya shrine around 3pm. And, after they are going round the main hall, Yasurai dance is performed by demons. They are violently but also slowly making a dance in front of the cherry blossoms. It is interesting to compare with the difference of each Yasurai dance characteristics.
Let's share the umbrella
Flower umbrella is also called ‘Halberd umbrella’ or ‘Elegance umbrella. An umbrella size is around 70 inch and it is decorated with cherries, camellias, Yamabuki (Japanese roses), willow, young pines. It is said that you can get rid of your bad spirits in this year by sharing the umbrella.
Yasurai dolls are the dolls of dog demon to rebel bad spirits and sold at Imamiya shrine. Your bad spirits will be transferred to doll, by writing your name on the doll. The dolls which are contributed by visitors, are burnt in the lucky day.
Manner & Tips
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Please be cautious of the space and people around you as you may be observing in a crowded area. Please enjoy sharing the flower umbrella while being cautious of the safety of yourself and the others.
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Yasurai Festival / やすらい祭
|Phone||+81 - 75 - 491 - 0082|
|Address||21 Murasakino imamiyacho kita-ku, Kyoto city|
|Directions||Imamiya shrine mae bus stop on kyoto city bus route 46|
|Event time||*Parade : 12pm~ *Yasurai Dance at Imamiya shrine : around 3pm~|
|Cancellations||Parade will be cancelled in the case of rain, Yasurai dance at Yasurai shrine is held even in case of rain.|
|Notes||You can see the parade from any area around Imamiya Shrine, especially an orderly-lined can be seen in front of the aburi mochi shop and the road approaching the shrine from the east gate of Imamiya shrine.|
|Credit cards||Not accepted|
Parade and dance are pretty exciting, you can be shared with Japanese energy just by looking it.
|Lanuages spoken||Japanese only|