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.
Last update: 2019-06-11
- Venue Details & Access Info
2500 Yoshinoyama, Yoshino, Yoshiko (Kinpusen-ji Temple)
From Yoshino ropeway Yoshinoyama Station:
- 10 minutes on foot from the station.
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- address 吉野郡吉野町大字吉野山2500（金峯山寺） 2500 Yoshinoyama, Yoshino, Yoshiko (Kinpusen-ji Temple)
- Opening Time & Admissions
07 Jul - 07 Jul
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