Feb/15, 2020  Takisanji Ogre Festival

Sightseeing information about Feb/15, 2020  Takisanji Ogre Festival in Japan.


Feb/15, 2020  Takisanji Ogre Festival3.9

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Takisanji Ogre Festival, with over 800 years history, takes place at Takisanji Temple in Aichi each year on Saturday closest to February 7th.
The festival features 3 males(42, 25, and 12 year old, selected randomly from local men) wearing grandfather, grandmother and grandchild Ogre masks made by Unkei. These 3 masked ogres are entrusted with the responsibility of driving evil out from the temple.
In accordance with tradition, the masked ogres must spend seven days isolated from the outside world before the festival to ensure that they have cleansed all evil and sin from their bodies. During this time they are banned from interacting with women and eating animals with four limbs. All their meals must be served by men.

The highlight of the festival is a valiant fire ceremony, in which the ogres are being chased away with fire and noise. The men in white clothes are chasing the ogres around the main hall while hitting the burning torches hard against the balustrades of the decks. The big bamboo torch placed in the center of the precinct bursts with big noises and fire sparks are falling like powder snow. The fire on the big torch is flaming up as if it is going to burn the main hall. The dance performed by the ogres is very gallant. After the ceremony, people pick up the burned-out bamboo branches and bring them home as a talisman to get rid of ill-luck.

Date : February 15, 2020
Venue : Takisanji Temple
Address : 107 Aza-Yamagomori, Taki-cho, Okazaki City, Aichi
Addmission : Free
Access : take the Meitetsu Bus from Higashi Okazaki Station, and get off at Takisanji-shita

PurposeFestivals,,thrilling,parade,Traditional folk,shrine/temple
Airport/Sta.Higashi-Okazaki Sta. (about 5.3km) Google Transit

Reviews

4.0a year ago

瀧山寺の本堂は貞応元年(1222)の建立で建長6年(1254)に修復とお寺の伝にはあるそうですが、これより建立時期がくだるとも指摘されているそうです。建物は重要文化財に指定されています。

3.02 years ago

本堂はなかなか歴史を感じるもので素晴らしいです。管理があまりされてないようなのが残念ですか、いたしかたないのかな。宝物殿もいきましたが、臨時閉館中と書いてあり、みれませんでした。電話をしてもでられず、インターホンを押しても誰もでられず。本坊からはテレビの音声が大音量で聞こえてましたが?

3.0a year ago

平日午前中に訪れました。宝物館を閉めるところでしたが
嫌な顔をなさらないで、親切に御朱印を書いて下さいました。
御朱印も目的だったので、ありがたかったです。

5.0a month ago

ありがたい

5.02 years ago

滝山東照宮の隣にあります。