Fan Throwing Festival

Fan Throwing Festival

うちわまき

Fan Throwing Festival

うちわまき

Just as the weather heats up, the priests at World Heritage temple Toshodaiji hold a ceremony where they distribute heart-shaped paper fans to the masses. They don’t just pass them out, but cast them by the hundreds from the veranda of a thirteenth century temple building. Traditionally this is said to bring protection against calamity; other legends say the fans originated with the temple founder’s enforcement of the Buddhist precept of non-harming, urging his monks to use such fans to keep mosquitoes away. The festival is held annually on May 19.

Last update: 2016-11-14

Venue Details & Access Info
Event Location

Toshodaiji Temple

Address

13-46 Gojocho, Nara (Toshodaiji Temple)

奈良市五条町13-46(唐招提寺)

Access

From Kintetsu Nishinokyo Station:
- Take the bus bound for Rokujosan and alight at the Toshodaiji stop.

Related VenuesToshodaiji Temple

Name/address in local language

  • うちわまき Fan Throwing Festival
  • address 奈良市五条町13-46(唐招提寺) 13-46 Gojocho, Nara (Toshodaiji Temple)
  • Address
Opening Time & Admissions
Event Date

19 May - 19 May

Opening Hours

15:00

Payment

Cash only

Available Foreign Languages

No foreign language spoken (Japanese only)

Contact Details
Tel

0742-33-7900

Fax

0742-33-5266

Website

http://narashikanko.or.jp/event/index.php?m=d&id=67

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