The biggest yakuyoke festival at Iwashimizu-hachimangu shrine famous for apotropaic shrine
Iwashimizu-hachimangu shrine is located in Yawata city, south Kyoto. It takes about 50 minutes from Kyoto station. Since this shrine is widely professed as a Yakuyoke shrine, you can pray for expelling evil, good luck and many apotropaic-related withes. Yakuyone means dispelling evil in Japanese. At this well-known shrine, the biggest apotropaic ritual called Yakuyoke Taisai is held January 15 to 19 annually. Among 5 days, the final day, which is January 19, is especially big. This ritual is called shono shinji, and old talisman and charm from previous year are burnt. Japanese rice cake mochi is baked with its purified fire and given to visitors, it is said its mochi dispels evil and gives you good luck. The shrine will be filled by a number of people who wish their luck. The big mysterious flame might help you have lucky year with mochi having especial power.