The Chi-no-wa at Konno Hachimangu Shrine

You don’t know how happy I was when I saw that Ru had written about Konno Hachimangu (金王八幡宮) in her recent post. It reminded me that I had a few photos of the same shrine from the end of the year so I thought I’d just let you go to her post to learn about this lovely shrine. You know I love reading about something a hundred times more than writing about it. (It has a surprising connection to mathematics, which I did not know!)

Because it was the end of the year, they had the Chi-no-wa (茅の輪) set up. It is a large ring, used as part of the purification ritual called Oh-harai (大祓い) to get rid of all the bad luck in the past year.

It was my first time seeing an actual chi-no-wa so I had to read the instructions. You start by walking through the ring, then go around the left and walk through again, then go around to the right and walk through for the final time. (You can see the instructions in the photo below.)

I think it had instant results because I picked an omikuji (おみくじ) and I got dai-kichi (大吉), the best one! Hurrah!

Here are some photos (and read about the shrine here):

4 thoughts on “The Chi-no-wa at Konno Hachimangu Shrine”

  1. I remember walking through the chi-no-wa at Hie Shrine in Akasaka in 1989 or 1990. But I obviously did something wrong. Soon after leaving the shrine I sprained my ankle something fierce.

    Your photos give a good sense of traditional Japan.

    I hope that your 大吉 fortune brings you many pleasant surprises, connections, emotions, and events this year.


  2. Wheee! Beautiful photos with the straw circle! I tried that walking-through-thing once, and got so royally confused that I felt semi-tipsy for the rest of the day. Funny, that. When I try to walk in a straight line, I end up doing loops. When I try to do loops, I can't.

    OK, wait, I want to go add this link to my original post (and perhaps finally answer all the comments on my own blog).


  3. Oh no! That's awful…but maybe you sprained your ankle so you wouldn't get run over by the passing truck ahead? (I have an annoying habit of seeing (or assuming) the plus side of everything…I truly sympathize with your sprained ankle though.)

    I hope you are having much better luck this year than back then, Tall Gary. Happy (belated) new year!


  4. I tried reading the sign but ended up waiting to see someone else do it and just copying them! I'm do better with a visual, it seems. We all have our quirks ;D


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