日本語 English larger default smaller

Ceremony of Water (Obama, Fukui Pref.)

2014/02/15

 Place/Calendar 

<Place>
11:00 - Shinto ritual at Shimonegori Hachimangu (shrine) (Sightseeing is NOT allowed)
13:00 - Ritual at Jinguji (temple) 
(Sightseeing is NOT allowed)
13:00 - Ritual of archery at Jinguji (temple) (Sightseeing is allowed)
13:30   Ritual of archery at Jinguji (Sightseeing is allowed)
18:00 - Ritual at Jinguji 
(Sightseeing is NOT allowed)
18:30 - Ritual of "Dattan", fire at Jinguji (Sightseeing is allowed)
19:00 - Ritual of big bonfire (to drive away evil spirits) at Jinguji (Sightseeing is allowed)
19:30 - Procession of torch (between Jinguji and Unose riverside) (Participation & sightseeing is allowed)
20:00 - Ritual of big bonfire at Unose (Sightseeing is allowed)
20:30 - Ritual of water at Unose (Sightseeing is allowed)
21:00 - End of the ceremony at Unose (Sightseeing is allowed)


<Calendar>
・Every 2 March
 

 Overview 
 

Water used at this ceremony is sent to Wakasa water well of Todaiji (temple) located in Nara city, Nara prefecture after 10 days.  And the water is used at the ceremony of "Omizutori" on 12 March.


In the evening, procession of torch is conducted from Jinguji (temple) to Unose riverside (about 1.8km upper stream of Onyu river).  Monks wearing white costume and ordinary people holding torch follow the big torch ignited by fire of the big bonfire at Jinguji.  When they arrive at Unose, people set fire to bonfire by the torches.  At last, the priest of the temple conducts ritual of "sending water" by pouring water filled in bamboo into the Onyu river.  This solemn ritual represents sending sacred water to Todaiji (temple) in Nara prefecture.
 



 History 

In 710, capital of Japan was established in Heijokyo (today's Nara) and huge ceremony of newly built big statue of Buddha at Todaiji (temple) was conducted by the order of Emperor Shomu in spring of 725.  Monk Roben, who is native of Wakasa area (today's Obama city area) is said that he was the founder of Todaiji.

Indian monk Jicchu who served as monk of Jinguji (temple) built "Nigatsudo" at Todaiji.  2 months before the opening ceremony of the newly built statue of Buddha of "Nigatsudo", he had been practiced 14 days religious austerities to pray for prosperity.  And the austerities is called "Shunie" today.  On the first day of "Shunie", Jicchu read aloud the names of gods throughout Japan to invite them to the ceremony to ask their protection to complete his austerities.  But Onyu Myojin (the god of Wakasa area, today's Obama area) delayed to attend the ceremony because he got absorbed in fishing and attnded the ceremony on 12 March, 2 days before the end of "Shunie" ceremony.
Onyu Myojin apologized his late attendance and, as a token of his apology, he promised to send sacred water to the statue of Buddha of "Nigatsudo" for "Shunie" ritual.  Then, with his divine powers, he made crack on the ground.  White and Black cormorants appeared from the crack and the clear water flow afterward.  The 2 cormorants were said that they dived into deep ground and guided the water to flow at water pool called Negori Shiroishi area (today's Unose riverside).

The water spring is called "Wakasai (Wakasa water well)" and the water pool is called "Unose, shallows of cormorant".  Since ancient times, local residents believed that Wakasa area and Nara was connected with each other under ground.  
"Omizutori (another name of "Shunie", means recieving water)" is the ritual to offer the sacred water to the statue of Buddha of "Nigatsudo" and the ritual brings warm spring to Nara region.  And beforehand of "Omizutori", "Omizuokuri (ritual of sending water)" is conducted here in Obama, Wakasa region and the ceremony has been keeping promise that Onyu Myojin made in ancient time.

 

 Highlight 

Even if there are some ritual that sightseeing is not allowed, however, after 18:30 (or after the ritual called "Dattan"), everybody can see rest of the rituals. 

Also, around 19:30, anybody can join to the procession of torch from Jinguji to Unose.  It is very whimsical about 1,500 people walking in darkness by holding torches.

Highlight of the ceremony is ritual of "sending water" at Unose around20:30.  It is magnificent view of water and fire.  Cheers arouse from the audience and participants.

 


 Access/Fees/Opening hours/Contact etc. 

<Access>
①By train
 ・From "Obama Sta." of JR, 15min. by the shuttle bus.(\500 for oneway)
 ・From "Higashiobama Sta." of JR, 15min. to the shuttle bus station by walk.
 (It is 5min. ride.  \100 for oneway)

【Shuttle Bus】
Going
1.Depart from Obama Sta.    
 Obama Sta. 17:30  ⇒  Jinguji (temple)  17:45
 ※\500 for oneway
 ※The bus departs when the bus is fully occpied.  The last one departs 18:00.


2.Depart from the shuttle bus station 
 The shuttle bus station  17:00  ⇒  Jinguji (temple)  17:05 
 ※\100 for oneway
 ※The buses depart every 15min. The last one departs 19:00.
         
Return
1.Depart from Unose Pocket Park for Obama Sta.
 Unose Pocket Park(around 21:30)    
 ※The bus depart after lifting of the traffic control.    
 ※Direct service to Obama Sta.
 ※\500 for oneway


2.Depart from Unose Pocket Park for the shuttle bus station
 Unose Pocket Park(around 21:00) 
 ※The bus depart after lifting of the traffic control.  

 ※The bus stops at Jinguji, Shinrin no Mizu PR Hall, The shuttle bus station 
 ※\100 for oneway

②By car
 From Maizuru Wakasa Highway "Obama Exit", 10min. to the shuttle bus station.

<About the torch> 
 1piece=\1,500円(tentative)(Contact:  Jinguji  TEL 0770-56-1911 FAX 0770-56-5566) 
 You can purchase the torch at Jinguji on the day of ceremony.

<Contact>
 0770-53-1111(Obama City)


Source of reference: Obama City

Japan Festival & Flower Guide (F-pedia)

1-23-2
Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo  105-0001  JAPAN  

Editor:             Makiko Chiba
                        (http://www.pasjp.com/eg-index.html
HP creator:     Masashi,
         Lisenced Tour Guide of Japan, No.EN03360
                        (http://masashi-kaki-design.r-cms.biz/)


Mobile (Masashi) : 090-4548-4538
e-mail:        masashi.kaki.design@gmail.com 

Travel Information

Partnership

A wide variety of events
in Japan

 "JAPAN ATTRACTIONS"


JAPAN ATTRACTIONS

Blog Writer Wanted!

Anybody who can write about Japan's "F" (Festival, Flower etc.), 
Please contact us!


F-pedia is looking for hearing from you.

Let's liven up and promote wonderful Japan together!

masashi.kaki.design@gmail.com 

PR

PR