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Saigusa Matsuri

For hundreds of years the citizens of Nara, Japan, have searched the surrounding mountains for lilies, gathering them each summer in preparation for the Lily Festival at the Isagawa Shrine. A Shinto priest carries a large bundle of flowers to the altar as an offering. Then the seven women perform a special dance in which they wave lily stalks in a motion designed to ward off the problems brought on by the wet weather typical this time of year. Afterwards, the lilies are mounted on a float and taken out in a procession through the streets of Nara, where it is believed that they will purify the air. More...
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Saigusa Matsuri
For hundreds of years the citizens of Nara, Japan, have searched the surrounding mountains for lilies, gathering them each summer in preparation for the Lily Festival at the Isagawa Shrine. A Shinto priest carries a large bundle of flowers to the altar as an offering. Then the seven women perform a special dance in which they wave lily stalks in a motion designed to ward off the problems brought on by the wet weather typical this time of year. Afterwards, the lilies are mounted on a float and taken out in a procession through the streets of Nara, where it is believed that they will purify the air.
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Saigusa Matsuri, Isagawa Shrine, Nara

The Lily Festival (Saigusa Matsuri) is a time-honoured divine ceremony from the 8th century. The festival’s name is derived from the classical name of lily (saigusa). According to a legend Emperor Jimmu fell in love with a beautiful princess called Isuzuhime who walked along a river bank where pink lilies were in full bloom. The Japanese pink lilies offered to the Isagawa Shrine are charms against diseases. The pink lily is called bamboo lily (sasa-yuri) since its leaves look like bamboo leaves.

During the Lily Festival sacred white and black sake (shiroki and kuroki) in large clay pots is dedicated to the gods of the Isagawa Shrine (daughter Isuzuhime, father Omononushi, and mother Tamakushihime). There are three buildings built side by side at the shrine. The middle one is for the daughter goddess and the two others are for the father god and the mother goddess. The shrine is also known as nursemaid shrine (komori myojin) and worshipped as the god for childcare and easy childbirth.

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