Japan in Photos – Nagoshi no Oharae

By Staff Writer
June 24, 2022
Nagoshi no Oharae is a summer purification ritual performed at many Shinto shrines throughout Japan. Visitors to the shrines must pass through a large upright hoop made from miscanthus branches, often while reciting a prayer of thanks. According to tradition, this ritual is a way of giving thanks and cleansing away the troubles and worries of the past six months, and to begin of the second half of the year with a fresh start.
Shrine with a large hoop of woven branches in front
Visitors at a shrine walking through a hoop of woven branches
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