Nagoshi no Harae / Summer Purification Ceremony
Summer purification rites are held at shrines on the last day of the sixth month.
“Chinowa kuguri”, passing through a grass ring called “Chi-no-Wa”, is performed in many shrines
to wish for good health for the last six months of the year.
And one throws human effigies made of paper (hito-gata) into the river
both to rid oneself of impurities and restore purity.
In Kyoto, there is a habit of eating the Japanese confectionery called ‘Minazuki’ in the Nagoshi no harae.
The shape of sweet-rice-jelly means an ice to forget the summer heat and
the beans on top to drive away evil spirits.
Come and join a traditional Kyoto custom!