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August 26, 2013

Kandamyojin Shrine is the guardian shrine of 108 towns located in the center of Tokyo including Nihonbashi, Marunouchi, Kanda, Akihabara and Tukiji. Daikokuten and Ebisu, both of which are one of the Seven Gods of Good Fortune, are enshrined there.

The Kanda Festival, which is held in May in odd-numbered years, is one of the three largest festivals in Japan, and it is also one of the three major Shinto festivals in Tokyo. In the festival, about 100 portable shrines called “mikoshi” march through the streets of central Tokyo, being carried on the shoulders of people wearing traditional festival costumes like “happi” and “hachimaki.” This festival gives us a look at the life and spirit of trueborn Tokyo people in the Edo period.

“O-harae” is one of the Shinto rituals held in June and December. By performing this ritual, we can get rid of our guilt and purify ourselves. In O-harae in June, a big straw ring is set up, and people purify themselves by moving through the ring (first) in a counterclockwise direction, (next) in a clockwise direction, and (lastly) in a counterclockwise direction.

 

the straw ring in 0-hare

the straw ring in 0-hare

Temizuya at Kandamyojin Shrine

Temizuya at Kandamyojin Shrine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kandamyojin Shrine is located in Chiyoda Ward in Tokyo and is about a 5-minute walk from JR Ochanomizu Station.

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