The annual ceremony of the Great Purification at the palace and shrines to remove committed sins and stains.
Nagoshi-no Oharae (夏越しの大祓 / great purification ceremony) held on the 30th of June and Toshikoshi-no harae (年越の祓 / Annual Shinto ritual of purification) held on the 31st of December, respectively.
Oharae is an ancient Shinto purification ritual in which one-hundred court officials (including imperial princes) gathered in front of the Suzaku-mon Gate on the last day of the sixth and twelfth months of the year to cleanse people of their sins and purify them.
(夏越しの大祓 / great purification ceremony)
The Major Purification Ritual of the summer, is held at the mid-point of the year. The Japanese conduct purification ceremonies to rid themselves of sin and impurity.
Many Shinto shrines hold “Chinowa-kuguri” (The picture above) to purify themselves people go through a ring of blady grass three times.
And, some shrine use paper dolls. The sin of the body and misfortune are transferred to a doll made with paper.
The time and the fee for the event is depending on shrines.
So, if you want to visit a shrine, please ask the shrine before you go.
Here are the information of main shrines in Kagoshima.
Date: June 30th (Mon)
Terukuni Shrine (照国神社) 16:00 ~ (Application: Until 16:00) / Fee: 2,000 yen / family
Ken Gokoku Shrine (縣護國神社) 14:00 ~ / Fee: 1,000 yen / person
Kirishima Jingu Shrine (霧島神宮) 16:00 ~ / Fee: Free
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