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Heart-shaped hosen fans dancing in the air: Uchiwa-maki/Toshodai-ji Temple

3:00 p.m., May 19

This Buddhist memorial service remembers the virtues of the holy priest Kakujo, who restored the Toshodai-ji Temple buildings. On the day of the ritual, uchiwa fans on which pictures have been drawn by various famous people from throughout society and several thousand misfortune-repelling uchiwa fans handmade at the temple are consecrated. Issan monks then perform a memorial service, with Bugaku court music and dance performed by the Nantokoyokai in the garden in front of the Ko-do Hall. Following the service, beginning at 3:00 p.m. heart-shaped hosen fans symbolizing immortality are scattered from the drum tower to worshippers waiting below.
*Only 500 hosen uchiwa fans are scattered from the drum tower, designated a National Treasure, during the ritual, and 500 tickets are distributed from 9:00 a.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. Regarding the 1,000 uchiwa fans that are handed out, lottery tickets are distributed until 2:30 p.m. and lottery winners are announced before the uchiwa-maki ritual begins. (Photo by Toshidai-ji Temple)

*Only Buddhist Service will be conducted this year.

Basic Information

Address 13-46 Gojo-cho, Nara 630-8032
Access 10 minutes walk from Kintetsu Nishinokyo Station
Inquiries +81-742-33-7900
Website Toshodai-ji Temple Websitehttp://www.toshodaiji.jp


Area Information

Nearby Locations

Yakushi-ji Temple

457, Nshinokyo-cho, Naracity

Toshodai-ji Temple

13-46 Gojo-cho, Nara 630-8032

Saidai-ji Temple

1-1-5 Saidai-ji Shiba-cho, Nara 631-0825

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