Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Passing through Looped Reed;

(posted; Japanese culture page)
I'm linking this post to "Our World Tuesday"
(I was to link my former post but I thought next week may be a bit late for this post.)
 I've been to one of the shrine rituals "passing through Looped Reed" on Aug.1.
It is called Nagoshi-taisai 夏越大祭, which translated as "Summer Grand Purification".
And this event also meant to spend the summer safely and healthy;

*This is how the ritual is proceeded; you pass through looped reed to purify yourself*

*At first, there was a ceremony to pray for God*
We were handed out this human-shaped paper and this supposed to take over our sins and
illnesses. We patted the parts we wish to get better with it.  I patted my ears (oh, how bad my hearing got lately...) and shoulders etc.  The papers were collected by the shrine. Then we proceed to the looped reed;

* I wish my attending this event can be even a slight positive effect on me :-) * 

Whatever the weather you're having, I wish you are doing fine.
Thank you so much for stopping by;

I'm kind of busy for Obon season, which I explained here. Cleaning and visiting several grave yards. And this year is my father's '初盆・hatubon' which means "First Obon". Having a visit by family monk and relatives etc. So sorry if I'm late for visiting you for a while.


  1. what a wonderful ritual! like offering your sufferings to God and having faith in healing. bless you, miyako.

    and i appreciated your comment today about seeing my sister soon. :)

  2. Thank you for sharing this bit of your culture, Miyako! This is fascinating to read about and see photos of.

  3. I love hearing about your rituals. You describe them so well.

  4. beautiful photos of your very wonderful tradition ~ always good to have tangible acts to enhance our life ~ thank you, Miyako ~ xoxox

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

  5. What beautiful photos of a special ritual, and I wish you good luck with whatever you selected on the paper doll. Hugs from the States.

  6. Hello Miyako, thank you for sharing more of your traditions and culture.. I hope your illnesses do get better..What an interesting ceremony, wonderful photos. Enjoy your week!

  7. I like this ritual very much (and could certainly use it myself). It is a wonderful post for Our World. I think everyone who links on that meme enjoys learning about other countries. The bent reed that you pass through is beautifully made.

    I remember your post on Obon but I am going back to read it again as soon as I post this. It will be a hard one for you because it is your father's first one. Sending good thoughts your way as you remember.

  8. This is fascinating ritual! I actually have never known this. I'm sure attending the event will bring positive effect to you!
    Oh I know it's Obon in Japan! My family in Japan said they will be very busy, too.

    Miyako san, I will be thinking about you during Obon, your father's hatubon.

  9. What a wonderful thing to do.You must feel so good after. I have not been by for awhile, not been on the bloghope to hear from you. Laura

  10. the japanese culture is fascinating.

  11. Dearest Miyako,
    That is a very noble ritual and I like it very much. Look at the long row of people waiting for their purification. The togetherness and turning it to our Creator in itself is already healing.
    Don't worry but take your time to focus on the very emotional and special Obon for your dear Father.
    Hugs and love to you and may your hearing indeed improve just a little.

  12. Thank you so much, Miyako, for sharing this with us today! A noble ritual it is indeed! A wonderful post and photos for the day!!

  13. Hello Orchid,
    I feel like I learn something new everytime I visit here! Well I know I do! Your photos are fantastic! My Grandma just got her ears fixed but she still likes to pretend to be deaf.
    Sending good thoughts your way during Obon.
    Have a wonderful day!

  14. Summer grand puritication nagoshi-Taisai Otosan no obon season no hatubon.Have a tanoshi Obon tanoshku
    osugashi kudasaimase. Miyako san!
    I has another raining days again..

  15. Sounds like a wonderful ritual. xx

  16. our rituals must do something for us. the human need is so strong.