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Yudate-Shishimai Lion Dance at Sengokuhara

Western Area 5h15m 4

A shrine with a yudate (Shinto ritual in which the priest sprinkles water) tradition passed down from 1714 (An’ei 5). Although there are many yudate rituals throughout Japan, ones carried out by lions are rare. You can pray for health, safety, and rich harvest. The lion stirs the hot water with the fruit of kuma bamboo grass. Then, worshippers are sprinkled with hot water to be cleansed of evil spirits. “Yudate Lion Dance” is a National and Prefectural (Kanagawa) Important Intangible Folk-Cultural Property. On March 27th, there will be the festival of Suwa Shrine at Sengokuhara, the festival of Kintoki Shrine on May 5th, and festival of Suwa Shrine in Miyagino Ward on July 15th.

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