Thursday, July 24, 2008

A traditional summer event on 31 July

Sennichi-mairi is a traditional religious summer event of Arashiyama and it is light mountain climbing event which will be held on 31 July mid-nights on Mt, Atago.

The reason why people climb Mt, Atago?
Because there is Atago shrine on the top of the mountain and that is believed “God of fire”.

Climbing Mt, Atago on 31 July means to receive divine favor.

The God of Atago shrine will protect people who climb the mountain for 1,000 days from fire disaster. In addition, people take their children under three years old to the top of the mountain as well, because people believe that the God will protect them from fire disaster for lest of their lives.

Would you like to try?