Kanayama Shrine

The Kanayama Shrine is also known as the Shrine of “Kanamata.” The name Kanayama means “Shrine of Seven Waterfalls,” which fits well with its location in Ogasawara prefectural area in the central part of Japan. The festival celebrated on this day has been celebrated ever since the year 1812. Thousands of visitors from all over Japan. As well as from far off places gather to pay their respects at this shrine. The weather in Ogasawara area during this period is usually very hot and humid; however, the festival itself attracts local people from all over to join in the fun.

Kanayama-shrine Japan

There are various interesting facts about this festival that are worth knowing. Legend has it that, Lord Buddha, by the name of Buddha Shakyamuni. Performed many miracles at the spot where this shrine is located. Today, devotees from all over Japan come to this place for the sole purpose of paying their respects to the Lord and be closer to him. The festival starts off with a reading of the poem called “Kanayama Sutras,”.

 

Another fascinating fact about the Kanayama Shrine is that this festival marks the anniversary of his enlightenment. So, he had the sculpture of the Buddha Shakyamuni created. After a prolonged discussion, Shakyamuni finally agreed to bless the couple and accept them as his followers.

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