Yanagidani Kannon is located in Nagaokakyo, Kyoto and has come to serve as a shrine to pray for victims of eye diseases since the Heian Period, beginning with members of the Imperial Family. During this year’s Golden Week, from April 28 to May 6, the site will host Shinryoku Week (‘Fresh Verdure Week’).
The event will include a special public opening of the Joushoin, or upper study, which is normally open only once a month. You can also look forward to receiving a special limited-edition goshuin shrine stamp designed with fresh new leaves, as well as seeing portrait paintings of great people ahead of their times.
You can also get hands on in making your own rosary bead bracelet, make incense with natural materials, play a koto in a concert with everyone, create goshuin from pressed flowers to feel the early summer, and take a mindfulness class to heal your mind.
Details regarding the timetable, prices and so on, as well as the sign-up page can be found at the link at the bottom of the page.
You can feel the breath of this year’s late spring finally here. Head to Yanagidani Kannon to admire the fresh green leaves of the season from atop the Joushoin.
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