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Summer event of the Shimogamo shrine, Kyoto “Mitarashi Matsuri”

Put your legs in the super cold water!

Entrance to the water
Entrance to the water

 About a week after the parade of Gion Matsuri, we have a another festival called the “Mitarashi Matsuri” in Shimogamo shrine, in Kyoto. Please make sure not to wear tight long pants for this festival because you put your legs in the very cold water up to the hight of the knees of an adult person. You pay 300yen at the entrance and they give you a small candle to light it and put on the candlestick.

Giving candles
Giving candles

Origine of the “Mitarashi Dango”

''Mitarashi Dango" of the "Mitarashi Matsuri"
”Mitarashi Dango” of the “Mitarashi Matsuri”

The very popular Japanese sweet “Mitarashi Dango” was born in this place. It was made to represent the bubbles of the spring water of the Shimogamo shrine. There’s a famous Mitarashi Dango shop near the shrine, and they have a stall in the shrine during this festival. But when I went there this time, the stall was closed, so I put the picture of the Mitarashi Dango which I had here some years ago.

Had a Ramen at “Miyoshi” in Kiyamachi-Sanjo

Ramen of "Miyoshi" in Kiyamachi-Sanjo
Ramen of “Miyoshi” in Kiyamachi-Sanjo

There was no stalls of food like Takoyaki or apple candies because they are only for Saturdays and Sundays. I couldn’t find anything to eat or drink at the festival, so I went to the Ramen resturant “Miyoshi” of the Kiyamachi-Sanjo area. To my surprise, all the other custumers at the counter were the western turists. Next article will be on the “Tenjin Matsuri” of Osaka, it’ll be absolutely fun!

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