Let’s kick off the year with the Sasano Kannon Junanadou Festival this coming 17th January once again!
It is also known as the New Year’s Eve festival, and was traditionally held on the 17th of December according to the lunar calendar.
There will be stalls selling woodcrafts like otakapoppo, dragon zodiac figures, figures of the deities Ebisu and Daikokuten, and many more. You can also participate in firewalking, which is believed to ward off diseases, at the Kannondo temple premises!
Do drop by for a visit with your family, and let’s all wish for a healthy year ahead for our loved ones!
17th January 2024 (Wednesday)
Saitougoma and firewalking will begin at 2pm.
* Saitougoma is the name of a traditional ritual performed by Shingon Buddhist monks.
* Those who wish to have their prayers offered by the priest (known as “kito” in Japanese) may register their interest by 1:30pm. The prayer fee is 5,000 yen.
* Those who wish to participate in firewalking may purchase a ticket at 500 yen at the ticket booth. Children below the age of 9 are not allowed to participate.
Sasano Kannon Temple
(5686-5 Sasanohoncho, Yonezawa)
For more information, please contact Koutokuin at 0238-38-5517 (Japanese)