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Otakiage Ceremony at Shinshoji : Burning such sacred items at a temple

Arisa

Writer

Do you have Japanese “Omamori”, lucky charms? If you had them, how long have you been keeping them? It is said that keeping lucky charms for more than 1 year makes your fortune worse. So, you should throw away the old charms in a religious way. There is a ceremony of burning such sacred items at a temple in Chiba prefecture. In this article, I will introduce the ceremony, “Otakiage” which is held at the Shinshoji Temple, Narita city.

Matsuri Breakdown:

Shinshoji temple is called by a nickname of “Narita no Ohudo-sama” among people, well known as a Grand head temple of the Shingon sect Chisan-ha.

Since the Narita-san was opened 1,000 years ago, more than 1,000 million people are visiting this temple every year. Especially about 300 million people visit there during New-year holidays (1st-3rd of January, we call the 3days “Sanganichi”), it is the most popular temple to visit for new year praying in Japan.

The 5 buildings in the temple are registered as National Important Cultural Property. It’s uncommon to find several buildings to be registered under one temple. Shinshoji temple is such a unique temple that, it’s architectural design is actually studied.

Otakiage in Shinshoji is held in the end of December because many people buy Omamori in the beginning of a year and keep it for one year. We don’t dispose them as we would normal garbage because they are considered holy items. They must be sent to a shrine or temple and the monks will burn the old charms whilst reciting a prayer.

Things to Do and See:

In the ceremony, about 20 monks wearing traditional clothes throw old charms into “Gomadan” which is made out of wood. The disposing of charms is done while the monks are praying, the participants will show appreciation to the old charms that have protected them for a year. It is said that the flames will cleanse the charms from all crimes and misfortunes.

Access and Details:

If you plan to go to the Shinshoji temple, head for 2 stations, either Narita station along the JR Narita line or Keisei Narita station (Keisei Dentetsu) along the Keisei main line. If you are coming from Narita International Airport, it is easy to take Narita Express, it takes about 8 minutes.

On the way to the Shinshoji temple from the both stations, you can find that many historical buildings which have been flourishing since the Edo era (400 years ago).

Other Things to Do in Narita city:

After checking out the festival, there are a lot of things to do and places to go to in Narita city. Please check the following things recommended to do.

Eating eel

Narita city has been known as a “Eels city” since the eels caught in Narita in the Edo era. About 60 restaurants around the Shinshoji temple have eels menu with their original sauce. You must try and indulge in Narita Unagi!

Visiting Yokan Museum

Yokan is one of a Japanese sweet and it is well known as a souvenir from Shinshoji temple. There is a Yokan museum in the Japanese sweet shop, “Nagomi-no-yoneya” which was opened in 1899, you can learn how to make Yokan and the history there.

Closing Remarks:

In 2019, the Narita Shinshoji will celebrate its 1080 years anniversary, and there will be special events of Gokaicho (unveiling a image) held once every 10 years during the year. There will be also various performances, how about visiting to Shinshoji temple in 2019?

If you need any guides to take you around the festival and show you even more things to do in the area, check below.

 

Discover Chiba Prefecture!

Chiba Prefecture is a great place to visit and can boast plenty of tourist attractions. Besides, it is very close to Tokyo, and you can easily visit it within a day. However, would you like to see rural Japan? Chiba Prefecture gives you a unique opportunity to visit a land of hot springs and admire authentic traditional Japan. The following article assembled the best festivals and activities to enjoy in Chiba Prefecture, which will make your trip to Japan even more rewarding!

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/events/best-festivals-things-chiba-prefecture

An Ultimate Idea Source for Your Tokyo Stay!

Most of the travelers who come to Japan enter the country through Tokyo. Even if it is not the main place of your destination, it would be a great idea to stay in the capital city for a few days. The biggest conglomerate in the world has much to offer to any kind of traveler. Whether you want to go sightseeing, shopping, eating out, or trying something special that you can experience only in Japan, Tokyo has it all. In the following article, you will find 100 things and many ideas on how to spend your time in Tokyo! Please, have a look!

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/7726/ 

Would You Like to Know How to Enjoy a Japanese Festival Even More?

A lot of people when they get to a Matsuri for the first time feel themselves a bit lost. They confuse about what is happening around. If you are new to Japanese Festivals or want to know an alternative way of how you can enjoy these events, the following article will provide you with a set of helpful tips on how to choose a proper festival and activities you should try there. Please don`t hesitate to take a look at it!

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/5363/

Did You Know That There is a Festival Every Day Somewhere in Japan?

Japan is a country of festivals indeed. Matsuri is an essential part of traditional Japanese culture. Thus, every day somewhere in Japan a festival takes place. There are traditional and modern festivals, on the sea and on the ground, in summer and winter. Japanese are hardworking people. However, when you attend at least one festival in Japan, you will understand how locals like to party. The article under the link below will introduce you to a celebration on any day of the year. I am sure you will find an event that suits your interests utmost!

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/6572/

Don`t Stay Hungry at the Festival!

Image courtesy of Tomomarusan

For all foodies who enjoy Japanese Festivals would be nice to get acquainted with the rich choice offered by Yatai (Japanese festival food stalls). The food presented during Matsuri is pretty different from the one you get at the restaurants in Japan. Besides, there is a certain charm in grabbing some snack from a food stall and diving back into the festival crowd. I am sure that you will discover something new about Japanese festival food from the following article!

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/5504/

Most of the travelers who come to Japan enter the country through Tokyo. Even if it is not the main place of your destination, it would be a great idea to stay in the capital city for a few days. The biggest conglomerate in the world has much to offer to any kind of traveler. Whether you want to go sightseeing, shopping, eating out, or trying something special that you can experience only in Japan, Tokyo has it all. In the following article, you will find 100 things and many ideas on how to spend your time in Tokyo! Please, have a look, URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/7726/ 

Arisa

Japanese who loves writing, travel, nature and meeting new people. Have been looking for a pleasant place around world. Currently based in Malaysia.

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