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Kaerutobi Festival

蓮華会・蛙飛び行事

Kaerutobi Festival

蓮華会・蛙飛び行事

Held in early July, Kinpusen-ji Temple’s Kaerutobi Festival (literally "Frog Hopping Festival") is unique to say the least. Legend has it that a man slandered a local deity and as a result, a great eagle hung him from a mountain crag. Finding the man and taking pity on him, a Kinpusen-ji priest turned him into a frog so he could get down off of the crag, and then back into a human again. And so, there are drumming performances and portable shrines, but the main ceremony involves frog-men “hopping” to the temple to receive the healing kiss of priestly incantations. It likely originated as a symbolic enactment of Buddhism’s power to sublimate desire and engender compassion.

Venue Details & Access Info
Event Location

Kinpusen-ji Temple

Address

2500 Yoshinoyama, Yoshino, Yoshiko (Kinpusen-ji Temple)

吉野郡吉野町大字吉野山2500(金峯山寺)

Access

From Yoshino ropeway Yoshinoyama Station:
- 10 minutes on foot from the station.

Related VenuesKinpusen-ji Temple

Name/address in local language

  • 蓮華会・蛙飛び行事 Kaerutobi Festival
  • address 吉野郡吉野町大字吉野山2500(金峯山寺) 2500 Yoshinoyama, Yoshino, Yoshiko (Kinpusen-ji Temple)
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Opening Time & Admissions
Event Date

07 Jul - 07 Jul

Opening Hours

13:00

Admission

Free

Contact Details
Tel

0746-32-8371

Website

http://www3.pref.nara.jp/kankou/1617.htm

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