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Daiko Daki- 大根焚き -
Daiko daki is a unique event to oversea visitors, but has been loved by local people. It is a good opportunity to enjoy Japanese ritual
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PeriodJanuary 17th, 2021
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The New Year event that we are praying our health and to rebel bad spirits by eating Daikon radish
It is a New year event which is held on January 17th, 2021 in Hojyuji temple to pray for our health. Radish is cooked in the big pot and served to visitors. Radish is seasoned with dashi, soy sauce and sugar. An admission is free on the day of Daiko Daki event. So, every year there are crowded with a lot of people from early morning. Daiko Daki is held on the same day with Toshiya which is an also New year’s event and is held in Sanjusangendo temple which is located in front of the Hojyuji temple. Usually people are visiting both of events.
At first, you should purchase the food ticket on the ticket booth in front of the Hojyuji temple. Ticket is 1,000yen which includes 1 cup of Daiko daki and a gomaki. Gomaki is a woody stick. By writing on it, you can put your wish in affect. 1 cup of Daikon Taki has 3 big portions of radish and 1 piece of fried tofu. Please enjoy it while praying your new year's health and happiness.
Special ritual is held on this day called Gouhouin Okaji. It occurs at 10 am, 12 pm, and 2 pm, and people attend the event to receive a stamp on their foreheads. This ritual takes place in order to rebel bad spirits from those who receive the stamps.