One of the main events in Kifune Shrine regarding Star Festival
Water is a vital source of life. Mizu Matsuri (Water Festival) is held to give thanks to water deity that Kifune Shrine enshrines. It is also for offering prayers for fine weather and receiving water moderately this coming year. This festival is originated from a Shinto ritual to pray for rain practiced in ancient times.
In this festival, tea offering called “Kencha-shiki” will be held. Then, Bugaku (court dance and music offering) will be offered by Gakushinkai and Shikibouchou-no-gi (Kitchen Knife Ceremony) which is a special cooking presented by a traditional manner to offer before the altar will be delivered accordingly. Please also enjoy the nighttime illumination of ornaments (known as "strip of paper") of the Star Festival (Tanabata Matsuri) from July 1st to August 15th.