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Busha Jinji Arrow Ritual at Kamigamo-jinja Shrine

This ritual began in the Imperial Court as a practice of firing arrows to dispel bad luck for the year. At the end of the festivities, along the nearly 40 meter-long archery grounds in front of the outer hall of offerings, priests dressed in Heian Period (794-1185) court attire will fire arrows at an enemy with the word "demon" written on its back, warding off evil, and praying for good health in the coming year. Afterwards, an arrow-shooting ritual will be performed by the Ogasawara Style Kinki Hishi Association. The hundred arrows fired in succession are quite a sight, and the kaburaya arrows with whistles attached make a unique sound.

Date & Time

January 16 (Thu), 2020, Beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Directions

Take City Bus 4 to "Kamigamojinja-mae (Kamigamo Shrine)" bus stop

Category

Traditional Festivals