Sunday, July 3, 2011

Nagoshi no Harae Purification

Every year at the end of June, many shrines hold an ancient Japanese purification rite called ''Nagoshi no Harae''.

There is a small shrine very close from our Ryokan.
They held this ceremony on that day, so we took some guests to see it.

In this ceremony people atone for their sins in the first half of the year
and then pray for their health by walking through a tall Chinowa wreath
(made of a kind of rush called chigaya).

We hope they had a good experience of Japanese culture.