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.
- Venue Details & Access Info
13-46 Gojocho, Nara (Toshodaiji Temple)
From Kintetsu Nishinokyo Station:
- Take the bus bound for Rokujosan and alight at the Toshodaiji stop.
Related Venues Toshodaiji Temple
- 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)
- Opening Time & Admissions
19 May - 19 May
Available Foreign Languages
No foreign language spoken (Japanese only)
- Contact Details