Setsubun/Iwashimizu Hachimangu Shrine

Iwashimizu Hachimangu Shrine is located on top of Mt.Otokoyama. It takes only 5 minutes by a cable car to arrive. Otokoyama mountain was originally covered with bamboo. Wild birds are nestled in nature.
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Ancient Emperor who protected the country is enshrined as a symbol of sacred warrior. The foundation dates back to 859. Today's shrine buildings were dedicated by the Tokugawa Shogun Government in early 1600, and its brilliant color was restored recently.
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Principal Shinto Priest pretends cutting evils with a branch of Peach in 4 directions, while saying "Oni evils, go away!"
During the ceremony, fierce looking Oni evils appear.
Shinto priests, Shrine maidens, and parishioners are ready to throw beans to expel Oni evils. hachi9.jpg
A shinto preiest might have something in his mind when expelling. It was so real!
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All the local people got together in Iwashimizu Hachimangu Shrine to clear the evils of the past year, and welcome the arrival of spring according to the lunar calendar, even if it is still in the midst of winter. We could feel warm and clean due to the hustling event in winter
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On return, I took the main route reversely on foot. Bamboo here is well known for the first use as the filament of electric bulb by Thomas Edison. In front of Yawata-shi Station, there is a sweet shop. The most popular sweet is the sword shaped sweet. Yawata-shi City is 20 minutes away from downtown of Kyoto by Keihan Railway. Good hiking in the suburb.





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