Jan 8, 2015

Usokae (exchanging bullfinches) at Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine, Fukuoka

Usokae (exchanging bullfinches) at Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine, Fukuoka

7th January, 2015 | at Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine, Fukuoka
A year of happiness secured by a golden bird.
A wooden bird bringing good luck by turning last year's lies into this year's truths.  

This is an event held at the shrine dedicated to Sugawara no Michizane (845-903) who is familiarly called Tenjin-sama. Dazaifu Tenmangu is the shrine which was constructed at the very spot where Michizane died.

People receive wooden dolls carved in the shape of uso (bullfinch), known as a lucky bird, and pray for good fortune. The bullfinch is believed to be Tenjin-sama's messenger.

These dolls are also sold at Yushima Tenjin Shrine and Kameido Tenjin Shrine in Tokyo, where long queues form to buy them.  

# For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/150107fukuoka.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.dazaifutenmangu.or.jp/en

「うそ替え」 太宰府天満宮 (福岡)

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