In Japan there are lots of superstitions. One of them is that there are three years in your life which disasters are likely to happen. Last Saturday I went to the shrine which is for praying for protection from these disasters.
- For women the disaster years are 19, 33 and 61. For men they are 25, 42 and 61.
- You are supposed to visit the shrine the year before your disaster year to pray for protection and then the year after to thank the gods. Since I turn 19 next year I went to the shrine and did lots of praying!
- People visit all through out the year but in January there is actually a special disaster festival. However we missed it because it started on Sunday. The festival is called Yakuyoke mairu, meaning the time to avoid disasters.
- You could buy white arrows to keep and burn next year. On Sunday people started to burn the arrows which they bought last year.
|Iwashimizu Hachimangu Shrine|
|A dance with peoples white arrows.|