Summer purification ceremony held in Shimogamo Shrine in a lively atmosphere
Nagoshino Shinji is a Shinto ritual held in summer in Shimogamo Shrine. The purpose of this ritual is to pay misfortune of half a year and pray for good health. Interesting event is that men will scramble the 50 arrows standing in the pond called Mitarashi-ike. Shimogamo Shrine is deeply connected to arrow as deity who is enshrined in the East Main Hall received the arrow in the river and became pregnant. Then she gave a birth to a deity of Kamigamo Shrine. By this mysterious event, the ritual is also called “Yatori Shinji” meaning “an arrow taking Shinto ritual”. Although the general public cannot attend this event, there are many visitors including women and children who enjoy this lively ritual atmosphere.