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Fire Ceremony (Chikugo, Fukuoka Pref.)

2013/10/02

 Place/Calendar 

Place
・Kumano Jinja (shrine)
 730 Kumano Oaza, Chikugo

Calendar
・Every 5 January






 Overview 

This fire ceremony is held at Kumano Jinja (shrine) on 5 January every year.
The name of this ceremony "Onioi" literaly means "driving away evil" and its purpose is to pray for good health of people.  The ceremony is designated as intangible folk cultural asset by Fukuoka prefecture. 
Impact of flame of torch when it is ignited is must-see.

 



 History 

Kumano Jinja was built during Enryaku period (1250 years ago) due to request of Emperor Kanmu. 
This ceremony is also called "Tsuinasai" and people started this fire ritual to pray for good health at the same time when the shrine was built. 



 Highlight 

After the ritual, young men who purified themselves by cold water circle around the 3 bonfires while beating traditional bells and drums and saying "Wasshoi, Wasshoi". It is such a magnificent view.
In evening, children ignite their small torches by fire of the bonfires.  Totally, about 300 torches are dedicated to the god.
 



 Access/Fees/Opening hours/Contact etc. 

Access
①By train
 From JR "Hainuzuka Sta.", 10min. by taxi.

<Contact>
 0942-53-4229Chikugo Tourist Association


Source of reference:
Chikugo Tourist Association

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