Yamabushi Yama Goma-daki of Gion Matsuri (July 15th, 2024)

Yamabushi Yama Goma-daki of Gion Matsuri

The information of Yamabushi Yama Goma-daki is presented here. Yamabushi Yama Goma-daki is held every year on July 15th. In Yamabushi Yama Goma-daki, the saijo (ceremonial site) surrounded by green bamboo is set up on the street to pray for the safety of Former Festival Yamahoko-Junko (Float Procession, Yamaboko Parade). In Yamabushi Yama Goma-daki, Yamabushi (mountain monks) from Shogoin Temple burn the dedicated the gomagi (wooden stick) on the gomadan to pray for safety at the home, good health, and the fulfillment of prayers.

【Yamabushi Yama Goma-daki Schedule 2024 (confirmation required)】

Yamabushi Yama Goma-daki 2024 will be held on Monday, July 15th, 2024 at 11:00.
●Gion Matsuri Festival 2024 will start on July 1st, 2024 and end on July 31st, 2024.
Gion Matsuri Festival Schedule (July 1st-31st)

【Yamabushi Yama Location Map & Directions】

Address: Yamabushiyama, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
Access (How to get there): Subway Shijo Station (about 10 minutes on foot), Hankyu Karasuma Station (about 8 minutes on foot)

【Yamabushi Yama Goma-daki of Gion Matsuri brief overview】

Yamabushi Yama Goma-daki (山伏山護摩焚き) of Gion Matsuri (祇園祭) is held every year on July 15th. Yamabushi Yama Goma-daki was started in 2014 when Latter Festival Yamahoko-Junko (Float Procession, Yamaboko Parade) was restored and Yamahoko-Junko was held at Former Festival and Latter Festival. Incidentally,Goma-daki is also held every year on July 23th at Ennogyoja Yama. In Yamabushi Yama Goma-daki, the saijo (ceremonial site) surrounded by green bamboo is set up on Muromachi-dori to pray for the safety of Former Festival Yamahoko-Junko (Float Procession, Yamaboko Parade). In Yamabushi Yama Goma-daki, Yamabushi (mountain monks) from Shogoin Temple burn the dedicated the gomagi (wooden stick) on the gomadan to pray for safety at the home, good health, and the fulfillment of prayers.

★When the 72nd Emperor Shirakawa made a pilgrimage to Kumano Sanzan in 1090, Zoyo-daisojo served as his sendatsu (leader), and was given Joko-ji Temple, which was said to have been founded by En-no-Gyoja (En-no-Oduno), and changed the name of the temple to Shogo-in Temple, from the two characters for “Seitai Goji (聖体護持)”. Zoyo-daisojo succeeded Chisho-daishi Enchin, the founder of the Tendai Jimon sect, and practiced ascetic practices at Omine in Nara, and then was appointed as the 1st Kumano Sanzan Kengyo post and presided over Kumano Hongu Taisha, Kumano Hayatama Taisha, and Kumano Nachi Taisha. In 1202, Joe Hoshinno, a prince of the 77th Emperor Go-Shirakawa, entered Shogo-in Temple as a miya-monzeki, and Shogo-in Temple became a monzeki temple. However, Shogo-in Temple was destroyed by military fire during the Onin War (1467-1477), and was moved to Iwakura. Shogo-in Temple was again destroyed by fire, so Shogo-in Temple was moved to Karasuma Imadegawa. After that, Shogo-in Temple spread in the Enpo-no-taika (Great Fire of Enpo) in 1675, and returned to its current old location in 1676. In 1872, the Order for the Abolition of Shugendo was issued, and Shogo-in Temple belonged to the Tendai Jimon sect. In 1946, Shogo-in Temple became independent from the Tendai Jimon sect and founded the Shugen sect.
★Yamabushi (山伏) is called “Yamabushi (山臥)” because he practiced mountain asceticism by lying down in the mountains. Yamabushi is also called “Shugenja (修験者)” or “Shugendo no Gyojya” because he is one who has attained Gen, a sign of Buddhist asceticism. Incidentally, Shugendo is said to be a combination of mountain asceticism and mountain worship with esoteric Buddhism. The founders of Shugendo are En no Gyoja (En no Ozuno).
★The origin of Yamabushi Yama is not clear. In the “Gionshaki (Records of Yasaka Shrine)”, which describes the names of Yamahoko floats and places in the middle of the Muromachi period (1336-1573) before the Onin War (1467-1477), it is written as “Yamafushihoku (in Shijo Bomon Muromachi)”, and Yamabushi Yama is said to have already been founded before the Onin War. Yamabushi Yama is derived from the Yamabushi Jozokisho, which was once repaired by the Dharma Power when the Gojyu-no-to (five-story pagoda) of Hokan-ji Temple, also called Yasaka-no-to, was tilted.

【Yamabushi Yama Goma-daki of Gion Matsuri remarks】
*Events may be rescheduled or cancelled. Also, the content of the event may have changed.
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