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  • HOSHI MATSURI

    Agon Shu

    THE COMBINED SHINTO-BUDDHIST FIRE RITES FESTIVAL

    http://www.agon.org/hoshimatsuri/e/

    43rd FIRE RITES FESTIVAL

    AGON SHUS

    Place : Kitakazan-omine, Yamashina-ku, KyotoDate : 930 a.m. - 330 p.m. , February 11th, 2016

    Please note that between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, Higashiyama Driveway will be restricted to one-way northbound traffic.

    * From 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (tentative) on the day of the festival, Higashiyama Driveway will berestricted to one-way northbound traffic between the Higashiyama Joen Entrance and thevicinity of Kachobashi Minamizume. Thank you for your cooperation.

    By bus:

    By taxi:

    Shuttle buses will be operated between the following point and the Festival Site. The fare is 300 yen for one-way.

    Kyoto Station Hachijo Exit (in front of Kyoto Avanti) Shuttle-bus stop (8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.)

    By regular bus:Take Keihan Bus from "Shijokawaramachi" bus stop or "Gojo-Keihan" bus stop to "Kamikazan Hananookacho" bus stop (from which it is a 3-minute walk to the entrance of the Festival Site). Regular buses: 82 83A 84 84B 86 86A 86B 87 87B

    The Hoshi Matsuri Site

    Higashiyama Driveway

    Sanjo KeihanStation

    SanjoStationGion-Shijo Sta.

    Kiyomizu-Gojo Sta.

    ShichijoStation

    HigashiyamaStation

    Yasaka JinjaShrine

    Keage Station

    Shogunzuka

    No parking allowed on theHigashiyamaDriveway

    Agon Shu Kansai Main Office

    HachijoExit

    KarasumaExit

    Kyoto Tower

    Hokoku JinjaShrine

    Sanjusangendotemple

    Shinkansen

    JR Tokaido Line

    Heian Jingu Shrine

    KyotoStation

    Kami-KazanHananooka-cho

    bus stop

    Higashi-Oji-dori

    Kawabata-dori

    To Nagoya

    Shuttle Bus Stop

    At the Hoshi Matsuri Site, there is no parking lot available.

    Entrance to theFestival Site

    Jingumichi

    Kawara-machiStation

    TakashimayaDept. Store

    KYOTO MARUI

    Shijo-Kawara-machi bus stop

    Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Station

    Gojo-dori

    Shijo-dori

    Sanjo-dori

    Oike-dori

    Shichijo-dori

    Karasuma-dori

    Kawara-machi-dori

    Horikaw

    a-dori

    Subway Tozai Line

    Hankyu Railway

    Shichijo Ohashi Bridge

    GojoStation

    Shijo Station

    Karasuma-Oike Station

    Shijo-Kawara-machi bus stop

    Subway Karasuma Line

    Gojo Ohashi Bridge

    Keihan Railway

    Yamato-Oji-dori

    Gojo Keihanbus stopGojo Keihanbus stop

    Shuttle bus terminal

    KarasumaStation

    AgonShu Main

    Temple

    Acces to the Festival Site There will be no parking lot at the site on the day.Please use public transport.

    Kamo River

    Shuttle Bus Stop

    Hotel K

    eihan

    Kyoto

    Karasu

    ma-d

    ori street

    Taked

    a-kaido street

    Kyoto Station Hachijo Exit

    Hachijo East Exit

    Kyoto Avanti

    Taxi Stand

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    The procession of the Yamabushi ( the name given to mountain asceticpractitioners of esoteric Buddhism ) begins at 9:30 a.m.Entry into the sacred enclosureShinto ritualYamabushi question and answer ceremonyGoshinbo prayer for protection from all evilsAxe ceremonyBow and arrow ceremonySword ceremonyChief Celebrant's entry into the sacred enclosureSolemn Hoshi Matsuri prayer by KanchoLighting of the pine torchesIgniting of the sacred gomasGongyo, the chanting of sutrasChanting of the Komyo mantraFire suppresion ceremonyThe Eko prayer concluding the Festival (Around 3:30 p.m.)

    HOSHI MATSURI : THE PROGRAM Welcome to the Hoshi Matsuri. Agon Shu's Hoshi Matsuri, which literally meansStar Festivalis a Combined Shinto-Buddhist Fire Rites Festival.On April 7, 1986, Agon Shu was given the Shinsei-Busshari by the Sri Lankan government. The Shinsei-Busshari, the real and sacred relic of the Buddha, is very important and very precious to Buddhists. It has been said in the Buddhist sutras (Buddhist scriptures) that you will enjoy the protective power of the Buddha when Buddhist rites are celebrated in front of the enshrined relic of the Buddha. Ever since we received the Shinsei-Busshariwe have held the fire rites ceremony in front of the sacred relic.

    This Agon Shu ceremony is held with two sacred goma-dan, or pyres. One goma-dan is aShinkai danfor the realization of the prayers, wishes and hopes of the living. The other is aBukkai danfor the liberation of the afflicted spirits of the departed. Agon Shu holds its fire rites with these two goma-dan, or pyres, using special spiritual techniques and methods in the course of the rites. We take these rites very seriously and conduct them with deep reverence and care. We pray earnestly for your happiness throughout the year.Agon Shu also solemnly inaugurated its Main Temple, Shakazan Daibodai-ji, on April 28, 1991. You will find this magnificent example of Japanese architecture close to the area where the fire rites are held.

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    The Hoshi Matsuri is conducted by the Most Reverend Seiyu Kiriyama Kancho,the Founder and President of Agon Shu, who is the Chief Celebrant or "Daidoshi "of the Hoshi Matsuri.The Shinto ritual is conducted by Reverends of the Nakayama Shinto Shrine. Shugen-daiko or percussion is performed by Roetsu Tosha and Agon Shu Shugen Drum Troupe.Offering of the Iyasaka Shinju Gagaku, an ancient dance of Imperial Court isgiven by Hideaki Higashiura, former Director of the Ise Shrine's Imperial CourtMusic Orchestra and Agon Shu Iyasaka Shinju Gagaku Dpt. Troupe.

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    Agon Shu's Hoshi Matsuri is formally entitled the Combined Shinto-Buddhist Fire Rites Festival. This is because on October 24, 1993, Agon Shu celebrated a Combined Shinto-Buddhist Fire Rites Ceremony in Ise city to commemorate the 61st rebuilding ofthe Ise Shrine, an important and solemn event that takes place every twenty years. Since that date Agon Shu has held its Hoshi Matsuri as a combined ceremony. If the fire rite is held in this combined way it is said that you will enjoy enormous blessings and benevolence from the Shinto deities and from the Buddha. This is a special way of holding the fire rite, a way that only Agon Shu can carry out effectively.

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    Susanoo-no-Mikoto(The great Shinto deity)Susanoo-no-Mikoto

    (The great Shinto deity)

    The Shinsei Busshari (The real and sacred relic of the Buddha)

    The Shinsei Busshari (The real and sacred relic of the Buddha)

    Sacred enclosureof the Hoshi Matsuri

    Sacred enclosureof the Hoshi Matsuri

    GOMA-DAN (For the departed)GOMA-DAN

    (For the departed)GOMA-DAN (For the living)GOMA-DAN (For the living)

    Susanoo-Jinja-ShrineSusanoo-Jinja-Shrine

    To site of Hoshi Matsuri (Northern path) GOMA-DAN

    FOR THE DEPARTEDGOMA-DAN

    FOR THE LIVINGALTAR

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    Path to theNorth Entrance

    To Sanjo Keage

    To Shogunzuka

    Tour-bus Stop

    To Route 1

    Rensei-Dojo( Training Center ) Rensei-Dojo

    ( Training Center )

    Kyoto DaibutsuGreat Statue of the Buddha

    EBISU & DAIKOKUTENSQUARE

    To site of Hoshi Matsuri

    (Central path)

    KEKKAI-MAE SQUARE

    Restroomfor the handicapped

    Restroomfor the handicapped

    Fire Defense Station

    The Lion Seat The Lion Seat

    GOMA-DANFOR THE DEPARTED

    GOMA-DANFOR THE LIVING

    ALTAR

    GOJO SQUAREGOJO SQUARE

    To Meishin Highway, Kyoto-higashi

    Route 1

    To Higashiyama Tunnel

    Place where Gomagi are receivedPlace where Gomagi are received

    KEKKAI-MAE SQUARE

    Gomagi filled in hereGomagi filled in here

    Karamon GateKaramon Gate

    TempleGate

    Paging CenterPaging Center

    Kyoto DaibutsuGreat Statue of the BuddhaPolice Security Station

    Fire Defense Station

    Omikuji Kukuriki,ropes to which peopletie oracles stating thebad prediction to avoidtaking bad fortune backhome

    Police Security Station

    Gojo SquareRest House for Staff

    Police Stand

    PoliceSecurityStation

    Shuttle-bus Stop

    To site of Hoshi Matsuri (Southern path)To site of Hoshi Matsuri (Southern path)

    DrivewayLiaison Office

    Time schedule and respective facilitiesfor events are subject to change.

    GUIDE MAP

    The Sixty Chinese Guardian Deities

    Buddhist Belfry

    BHUTANSQUAREBHUTANSQUARE

    Taxi Stand

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    Tour-Bus Counter

    1 st 11 : 152 nd 12 : 303 rd 13 : 304 th 14 : 30

    Fire ritual in the Bhutanese Buddhist style1 st 11 : 452 nd 14 : 00

    Yamabushi question and answer ceremony1 st 10 : 102 nd 11 : 303 rd 12 : 154 th 12 : 405 th 13 : 106 th 13 : 45

    1st 1120 12002nd 1300 13403rd 1440 1510

    Gagaku dances

    GAGAKU DANCE PLATFORM

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    Viewing Passage

    Entrance

    Exit

    EBISU & DAIKOKUTENSQUARE

    Rest House

    Lost and Found Lost child office

    Public telephone

    Annaisho (Information in Japanese and English)

    First-Aid Station

    Nursery Baby Bed

    Area for depositing last years Goma Fudaand talismans

    The place to get a stamp mark, a red seal "Shu-in"

    Agon PavilionAgonPavilion

    AGON SHUSMAIN TEMPLEAGON SHUSMAIN TEMPLE

    THE DAIKOKUTEN BOOTH

    PERFORMANCES

    The Bhutan Buddhist Service Hall

    DAIDOSHI HIMITSUKUJI ; Chief Celebrant's blessing

    Ebisu & Daikokuten-jinja-Shrine

    In the Agon Pavilion at the Bhutan Square, The Bhutan Buddhist Service Hall is also set up. In the Bhutan Buddhist Service Hall, large t