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Shuni-e & Omizutori

đź“ż Friday, 1 - Thursday, 14 March 2024

The Shuni-e Ceremony at the Nigatsudo Hall at Todaiji Temple is more commonly known as Omizutori. Held annually from March 1 to 14, these repentance rituals are some of Japan’s oldest continual Buddhist events and have been held annually for over 1250 years.

Just after sunset, giant flaming torches 6-8 meters long are carried up to the hall’s balcony. Rushing along the balcony, the embers shower down on the crowd, bestowing them with purification and a safe year ahead.

Admission to the ceremony is free. However, it does attract large crowds, and admission is closed once the areas are full, so it’s best to arrive early to avoid disappointment.

The exact time and duration of the ceremony depend on the day, so be sure to check the official details in advance.

Full information, including any terms and conditions can be found on the Official Event Page.

Updated 12 Mar 2024
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