Tobiume Picking Ritual at Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine

START: May 15, 2024 END: May 15, 2024

The ritual revolves around the “Tobiume (flying plum tree),” a tree believed to have flown overnight from Kyoto to honor Sugawara Michizane, the deity of Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine. A priest initiates the ritual by shaking the branches of the Tobiume using a green bamboo stick. Following this, shrine maidens collect each fallen plum seed individually. The collected plums are then dedicated to the deity and subsequently crafted into “Tobiume Omamori,” a unique good-luck charm said to be once-in-a-lifetime. Once the initial part of the ritual concludes, priests, priestesses, and shrine staff members join in to harvest plums from the remaining 6,000 plum trees within the shrine grounds.

Tobiume Picking Ritual at Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine

• 5/15 (Wed.)
• 9:00~
• Free viewing
• Dazaifu Tenmangu Honden
4-7-1 Saifu, Dazaifu City, Fukuoka

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Published: Apr 26, 2024 / Last Updated: Apr 26, 2024

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