Yasurai dance with flower umbrellas brings you health and happiness
Yasurai festival is held on the second Sunday of April at Imamiya shrine every year. Yasurai Festival is designated as an Intangible Cultural Asset of Japan, and it’s also often mentioned as one of the three weirdest festivals in Kyoto, the others being Kurama Fire Festival and Uzumasa Bull Festival.
There are many sayings about the festival, and one of the most famous is the belief that if you go under the big flower umbrellas used in the parade, you will stay healthy all year. The shrine itself was founded to calm evil spirits and to this day, it is believed that by visiting this shrine you are protected from such bad influences.