Itsukushima Shrine

Corridor (Kairo)

Corridor (Kairo)

Mikasahama

Lanterns & Great Torii

Lanterns & Great Torii

Shinomiya Shrine

Momijidani Park

Momijidani Park

Istukushima Shrine

By night, for Tanomosan Festival

By night, for Tanomosan Festival

View from Daishoin Temple

2d floor of Maniden Hall

2d floor of Maniden Hall

Mt. Misen top

with a view on Seto Inland Sea islands

with a view on Seto Inland Sea islands

Tahoto Pagoda

in the green foliage

in the green foliage

Primeval forest

View from the ropeway

View from the ropeway
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January

Momotesai

Place: Omoto Shrine

From 2019-01-20 to 2019-01-20

Tags: bow and arrow, Omoto Shrine

This is a yearly event, and an archer shoots arrows at a target during the festival.
The Momote festival used to be two festivals, but has now become one event. It used to be the Oyumi Hajime event in Itsukushima Shrine, and the Momote event at Ohmoto Shrine.

Origin

This is a festival derived from the ceremony of Oyumi Hajimari. It is literally true that 100 archers shoot two arrows each, making 200 arrows altogether. At present, the Chinese character ‘ogre’ is written on the back of the target. It is the combination of three characters, ‘Ko’, ‘Otsu’, and ‘Nashi’ which mean equality, and also warn us not to begin a new year with an argument. The archers shoot the arrows to heaven, earth, left, right, and also the target.