Festivals

Gokusui no En

Participants recreate an elegant amusement from bygone days. Sitting by the feeder stream for the temple garden's pond, they compose poetry before a floating cup of sake reaches them. Men wear court or hunting robes, women are attired in brocaded gowns or layered kimonos. Following the opening and announcement of the prescribed topic, the Young Woman (Jakujo) movement of the Ennen no Mai longevity rites is performed. A sake cup is floated downthe feeder stream as participants compose and write their poems, and take a well-deserved sip from the cup as it reaches them. Finally, the master of ceremonies reads the poems aloud, and this graceful event comes to a close.

Dates 4th Sunday in May