Hana-eshiki Ceremony

Hana-eshiki Ceremony

花会式

Hana-eshiki Ceremony

花会式

Yakushiji Temple’s “Flower Ceremony” is one of its most important celebrations. Observed annually between March 25 and 31, to pray for the health and prosperity of the nation, the people of Nara associate the celebrations with the arrival of spring. Events over the period include taiko drumming, noh theatre, and children’s parades. The temple interior becomes an explosion of colour with flowers offered to the Medicine Buddha, Yakushiji’s object of veneration. The ceremony of oni-oi-shiki takes place on March 31. It is a lively affair symbolising the defeat of evil, resulting in a colourful band of fire-bearing demons being cast out thanks to the protection of the Medicine Buddha and strength of Bishamon, the god of war and punisher of evildoers.

Last update: 2017-06-14

Venue Details & Access Info
Event Location

Yakushiji Temple

Address

457 Nishinokyocho, Nara (Yakushiji Temple)

奈良市西ノ京町457(薬師寺)

Access

From Kintetsu Nishinokyo Station:
- 2 minutes on foot from the station.

Related VenuesYakushiji Temple

Name/address in local language

  • 花会式 Hana-eshiki Ceremony
  • address 奈良市西ノ京町457(薬師寺) 457 Nishinokyocho, Nara (Yakushiji Temple)
  • Address
Opening Time & Admissions
Event Date

Around 25-31 Mar

Opening Hours

3:00, 13:00, 19:00
March 25: 19:00

Admission

Between 8:30 - 17:00
Adults: ¥800
Teenagers: ¥500
Children: ¥200

Genjosanjoingaran is open to public:
Adults: ¥1,100
Teenagers: ¥700
Children: ¥300

Payment

Cash only

Available Foreign Languages

No foreign language spoken (Japanese only)

Contact Details
Tel

0742-33-6001

Website

http://www.nara-yakushiji.com/contents/hanaesiki/

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