The Gojin-kosai Festival of Hofu Tenmangu Shrine is a traditional Shinto ritual that originates from announcing the innocence of Sugawara no Michizane (an aristcrat administrator in the ninth century). At this ritual, which has taken place for more than 1000 years, men dressed in white carry mikoshi portable shrines through the streets calling out “Kyoudai! Wasshoi!” (Brothers! Heave-ho!). When the signal is given at 6 p.m., they leave the main hall (honden) with an Oajirokoshi portable shrine containing the spirit of Michizane, and head to the otabisho rest stop at Katsuma no Ura.
|Event Dates||Every year on the fourth Saturday in November.|
|Event Details||November 27, 2021.|
|Location (venue)||Hofu Tenmangu Shrine|
|Address||14-1 Matsuzaki-cho, Hofu-shi, Yamaguchi|
|Category||Bravery, Shrines and temples|
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