Shinryu Shrine "Dondoyaki" 2024 Pray for good health for the year!

Monday, January 15, 2023

January 15 (Monday) is Koshogatsu. Yesterday, January 14 (Sun.), "Dondoyaki" was held at Shinryu Shrine from 9:00 a.m., followed by a "Yakuza (exorcism) Ceremony" from 10:00 a.m.

Dongtoyaki" & "Yakuza Purification Ceremony" at Shinryu Shrine
Torii gate and sacred rope covered with snow
Exorcism Ceremony" at the main shrine

Dondoyaki" is a sacred ritual to send off the New Year's gods.
Town residents bring their New Year's decorations, shimenawa (sacred straw ropes), etc., and burn them at the festival.

Flames crackle and burn!
A flame that burns like a rising dragon!

We will burn a fire to purify our bodies and minds of evil spirits and give thanks for a clean and fresh New Year, and sincerely pray for good health and a bountiful harvest.

Pray for a good harvest on the shimenawa (sacred straw rope) that hangs over the torii gate!

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◇ Reporting and writing by Ikuko Terauchi (Photography and editorial assistance by Noboru Terauchi)