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Information on Oharae (Major Purification Ritual)

2019oharae-3.JPGIn Shinto tradition, all unhappy or unfortunate incidents such as diseases or natural hazards, etc. are thought to be connected with sin and impurity. Therefore, the ritual known as oharae (Major Purification Ritual) is held twice a year to ward off their impurity and pray for their good health and fortune.

Oharae is held at 11am, 1pm and 3pm on 31st December

*Rituals are held 3 times. Please choose your convenient time to attend.

*Reception desk will open 30min. before the ritual starts

*All instruction is provided in Japanese only


For those who cannot attend the ritual

We provide Hitogata (paper doll) to transfer sins and impurity by rubbing their own bodies.

Write your name and age on the paper doll, and rub your body with the paper doll. At last, breathe to the paper doll and put in the box. Donation box is placed next to paper dolls.


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