Enjoy the awesome, ancient, Kashima-Jingu "GRAND JINKOSAI" festival!
dim. 1 septembre à 03:15
Enjoy a day-trip with us to Kashima-Jingu's "GRAND JINKOSAI" festival! Among the most important festivals in Kanto (East-central Japan) JINKOSAI is held each year in Kashima Shrine & the nearby town. You'll thrill to a parade of portable shrines cruising the streets of the city! Please save the date & prepare for our day-long adventure in Kashima! Kashima is a famous "power spot" in Japan & many visitors from all of Japan & overseas come to receive the blessings of its guardian deities! Kashima Shrine was built around 660 BC by Emperor Jimmu to honor the god of martial arts, and thunder, "Takemikazuchi-no-Okami" who helped him win many battles. Kashima's Treasure House also holds the longest & oldest straight sword in Japan. Since ancient times, Kashima Shrine, along with Katori shrine in Chiba Prefecture & Ise Shrine in Mie Prefecture, have held the sacred and prestigious title of "Jingu", signifying that they are directly supported by the Imperial family. DEER? Yes, over 1000 years ago, the famous spotted deer of Nara were originally brought from Kashima & may be seen & fed in the Deer Park on our visit! We'll be going by train from Ichikawa Station leaving @ 10:31-arriving @ 12:38, so please join us. We'll enjoy friendly conversation on our journey! I encourage everyone with a true love of Japan & interest in its traditions to attend this astonishing event! (To go by bus direct from Tokyo Station, at Yaesu South Exit, head to Bus Stop #1 for a bus leaving at 10:40, arriving 12:40 at Kashima Jingu Shrine. Try to get there 20 minutes early if you want a seat! Also, check the following link: https://matcha-jp.com/en/greatertokyo/5207 ) GREAT photos and descriptions here:
https://matcha-jp.com/en/greatertokyo/5018 http://kashimajingu.jp/ JINKOSAI Festival is held to pray for peace & good crops. At 3pm, five portable shrines carrying the spirits of five deities are taken out & paraded on the main road in front of the shrine. The first of these mikoshi was made 200 years ago. Thanks to careful preservation, they are still being used today. From 4pm, on the same road, a large lantern parade is held. 15 teams attach their lanterns to 8-meter-high pillars & carry them to the shrine. They will dance & bang the pillars to the ground with intense moves, stirring up the festival’s atmosphere! 6:00 pm -- NIGHT of DANCES & LIGHT! One of the most exciting events of the festival is the So-odori, when all the portable shrine carriers gather & "dance". The floats are moved to the center & with the combined strength of many people, turned around many times to the rhythm of music & everyone's cheering. Then they'll depart for a parade around the surrounding area, bringing luck & blessings for a successful harvest to the town people. Finally, the lantern pillars are carried toward the open area in front of the main gate to be burned & raised to the sky as a way of sending the offerings to the gods. The sacred spring, Kashima Shrine's best kept secret:
https://allabout-japan.com/en/article/4935/ 1300 years old, Kashima Shrine resembles other Japanese shrines but is unique. Among other wonders, if you go around to the back of the shrine buildings, you’ll find a scene of ethereal beauty. "Called Mitarashi Ike, or “Holy Washing Pond,” this pool is fed by an underground spring that bubbles up to the surface. Legend says: long ago the spring burst forth in a single night & through the years it's never run dry, even when the region was struck by droughts." @
NOTE: You may get a train back from Kashima or between 8:00 and 9:20 pm (20:00 and 21:20), a BUS heading to Tokyo Station departs from the shrine every 20 minutes. The bus ride to Tokyo lasts 2 hours, so please be careful to check the time of your last train to the station of your destination. Are you coming by bus? MEET US AT THE BIG TORII GATE @ 1:00pm! If you have questions, please ask ASAP! In Japan, umbrellas are often very handy! Your Meetup organizer, Kerry D. @}:^)
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