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Gokokujinja Shrine

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December 2017
Free

New Year at Gokoku Shrine

December 31, 2017 - January 3, 2018
Gokoku-jinja Shrine,
2-21 Motomachi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0011 Japan
Gokoku-jinja Shrine in Hiroshima at New Year

December 31 From 17:00 Ooharae-shiki (purification ceremony) & Joya-sai (seeing out the old year festival) From just after 11pm the bell in the main shrine building opens for clanging and the ceremonial sake starts to be served to the first of the over half a million people who will visit over the next few days. 24:00 Shrine maidens dance to welcome the new year. January 1 10:00 Saitansai is a Shinto ritual to mark the beginning of New Year, followed…

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January 2018
Free

Tondo Festival at Gokoku Shrine

January 15, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Gokoku-jinja Shrine,
2-21 Motomachi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0011 Japan
tondo festival gokoku shrine hiroshima

Big tondo bonfire which lets off some huge snaps, crackles and pops, as well as some powerful heat. The fire fighters who keep things under control look very cool in their traditional gear. This is one tondo festival where you really don't have to worry about looking like a tourist. Read more about Tondo here.

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February 2018
Free

Setsubun-sai at Gokoku-jinja

February 3, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Gokoku-jinja Shrine,
2-21 Motomachi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0011 Japan

After a cleansing ritual to ward off evil spirits and bring in good luck performed in the shrine building which includes a little bit of bean throwing, the action moves outside and a shrine priest shoots arrows at a big image of an oni demon head. Finally, there is quite a battle to grab bags of lucky beans thrown from the top of a tower erected in the shrine precinct. Some of the bags of beans have lucky tickets attached…

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