Hirano Shrine holds Cherry Blossom Festival every year on 10th April. The origin of the festival goes back in 985 when Emperor Kazan visited the shrine and ordered a special festival in hope of prosperity for his descendants. The festival was revived in 1921 and has been continued up to the present. The festival includes the cherry blossom festival starting at 10:00, the ceremony at the mausoleum of Emperor Kazan at 11:00, and the ceremony of a procession of the portable shrine at 12:00. About 200 acolytes surrounding the portable shrine start parading through the neighboring area from 13:00.
It is said that initial blooming of Sakigake-Sakura, endemic to Hirano Shrine, in the middle of March is a sign of the start of a cherry blossom season. Additionally, about 60 kinds of cherry blossoms originated from the shrine can be viewed, such as Hirano-imose Sakura, Hirano-nioi Sakura, Kinugasa Sakura and Toppane Sakura.
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