Ooharai/Ooharae A Japanese Religious (Shinto) Ritual
In June and December every year, Ooharai, a traditional Shinto rite is performed in the shrines in Japan.
In Turugaoka-Hachimangu in Kamakura, Ooharai is performed on the 30th of June. This ritual is said to wash away the sins that people have unintentionally committed in daily life, improving their souls and bodies for summer and praying for a safe year.
This is Chi-no-wa Kuguri, one of the rituals performed during Ooharai in June.
The green ring, Chinowa, is made of Chigaya, a type of plant that has been believed to repel evil spirits.
The priests enter the Chinowa turning left the first time, then turning right the second, in a way such that the path shapes an eight. This is done three times to pray for health and safety of the people. This is also available for tourists.
Time: 11:00, 13:00, 15:00, 17:00
※ The ritual is done 4 times
※ Anyone can participate
※ If participating, you must come to the reception 30 minutes before the ritual
※ Charge is optional