Osaka Temmangu Shrine Tanabata-sai Festival 0

The Tenma Tenjin Tanabata Festival returned to the Osaka Temmangu main shrine on July 7th, 1995, the seventh day of the seven month of the seven year of the Heisei era.

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The Tenma Tenjin Tanabata Festival returned to the Osaka Temmangu main shrine on July 7th, 1995, the seventh day of the seven month of the seven year of the Heisei era.
Osaka Temmangu's Tanabata Festival dates back to the Asuka period at earliest, when the shrine started as Osaka Temmangu Daishogun-sha. However, after the end of the Heian period, the shrine began to celebrate Tenjin Matsuri on July 7th.
However, after a brief suspension during the confusion of the warring states period, the Tenjin Matsuri moved to Sugawara-no-Michizane's birthday, June 25th. With the renewed focus on Michizane, Tanabata was no longer celebrated.
And so, the Tanabata festival has an even longer history than Tenjin Matsuri. Drawing inspiration from the Heian period imperial Kikkoden, Kitano Tenmangu's Mitarashi Matsuri, and more, the festival incorporated Meiji period standards and was brought back after 400 years.
Thanks to the "Matsu no Otomo" offerings (associated with Osaka Temmangu's "Shichihon Matsu" holy trees) and the Hokonagashi ritual, which makes use of Hitogata and other offerings, the Tanabata festival's position as the prelude to the Tenjin Matsuri is clear.
"Chi no Wa Kuguri" is well-known as a summer purification ritual in which participants pass through a large grass ring to cleanse themselves of impurities. However, with the large Chi no Wa number one located in front of the main shrine, Chi no Wa number seven at the Hoshiai pond torii gate, and five Chi no Wa in the passageway on the east side of the main shrine, there are seven Chi no Wa rings in all. They each serve a different purpose: "good luck in love," "academic success," "mental and physical health," "prosperity in business," "warding off evil," "traffic safety," and "family safety."

  • name

    Osaka Temmangu Shrine
  • place

    Osaka Temmangu Shrine
  • address

    2-1-8 Tenjinbashi, Kita-ku, Osaka, 530-0041
  • transport

    Minami-morimachi Station on Osaka Metro Tanimachi and Sakaisuji Lines
    5-minute walk from Osakatemmangu Station on the JR Tozai Line
  • schedule

    July 7th, 2018
  • point

    15:00 - Tenma Tenjin Tanabata-sai Festival; the general public is welcome to participate.
    16:00 - Tanabata bamboo grass kagura presentation. Wishes are written on long strips of paper, and shrine maidens perform a kagura dance with small bamboo branches.
    20:00 - Prayers for Wish Fulfillment
    A group prayer held in front of the main shrine. Participation is free.
    20:20 - Passing Through Seven Chi no Wa
    Shrine priests and maidens lead visitors through seven grass Chi no Wa rings leading to Hoshiai Pond. Then, prayers are offered to the pond's Tanabata Hime Okami.
  • name

    Osaka Temmangu Shrine
  • tel

    06-6353-0025
  • general participation

    Yes
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