• Rokudo Mairi at Rokudo Chinno-ji Temple, and more Aug.7-16

Rokudo Mairi at Rokudo Chinno-ji Temple, and more Aug.7-16

Rokudo Mairi at Rokudo Chinno-ji Temple, Gojo-zaka Pottery Festival, Welcoming and Sending Off the Spirits at Senbon Enma-do Temple,Manto Lantern Ceremony at Rokuharamitsu-ji Temple, Rokusai Nenbutsu Buddhist Dances

  •  Aug. 7-10

    Rokudo Mairi at Rokudo Chinno-ji Temple


     Aug. 7-10

    During these 4 days, people visit the temple and ring the bell to welcome the spirits of deceased family members following the Obon tradition; Many stalls line Matsubara Street (until 22:00) creating a lively atmosphere.
     
    Access: Kyoto City Bus #206, get off at Kiyomizu-michi; Tel: 075-561-4129.

  • Aug. 7-10

    Gojo-zaka Pottery Festival


    Aug. 7-10

    This Pottery festival was started in the early Taisho period (1912-1926); It is one of the biggest Pottery festivals in Japan; About 400 stalls selling Pottery, line both sides of Gojo Street between Higashioji and Gojo bridge; About 400,000 people come every year;
     
    9:00-22:00.
    Access: Kyoto City Bus #100, #206, #207, get off at Gojo-zaka or Keihan Railway Kiyomizu Gojo Stn.;
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  • Aug. 7-16

    Welcoming and Sending Off the Spirits at Senbon Enma-do Temple


    Aug. 7-16

    People welcome the spirit of deceased family members between the 7th and the 15th and send them off to the Buddhist Pure
    Land again on 16th; From 19:00 on 14th, the Senbon Rokusai Nenbutsu Buddhist stage performance will be held.
     
    Access: Kyoto City Bus #206, Kenryuko-mae; Tel: 075-462-3332;
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  • Aug. 8-10, 16

    Manto Lantern Ceremony at Rokuharamitsu-ji Temple


    Aug. 8-10, 16

    From 20:00, an array of lanterns, forming the kanji character for ‘big’, are lit to welcome the spirit of deceased family members; A special send-off ceremony is held on 16th from 18:00.
    Access: Kyoto City Bus #206, get off at Kiyomizu-michi;
     

  • Aug. 9-16

    Rokusai Nenbutsu Buddhist Dances


    Aug. 9-16

    The Rokusai Nenbutsu dance was developed by the Buddhist saint, Kuya in the Heian period (794-1185), to spread the salvation
    of Buddhism among the people through chanting and dancing. The dance is performed at many temples during Obon (Festival of the Dead) as a form of prayer for ancestral spirits.
     
    Aug. 9: Mibu Rokusai Nenbutsu From 20:00; Mibu Temple; 
    Access: Kyoto City Bus #26, get off at Mibuderamichi; Tel: 075-841-3381.
     
    Aug. 14: Senbon Rokusai Nenbutsu From 19:00; Senbon Enma-do Temple
    Access: Kyoto City Bus #206, get off at Kenryuko-mae; Tel: 075-462-3332.
     
    Aug. 16: Chudoji Rokusai Nenbutsu From 20:30; Mibu Temple
    Access: Kyoto City Bus #26, get off at Mibuderamichi; Tel: 075-841-3381.
     

The information on this site is reprinted from the August 2014 issue of Kyoto Visitor's Guide. ©AD BRAIN INC.
Published on 14.08.05