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Chinowa Kuguri 2020 at Kawagoe Hachimangu

June 27 @ 09:30 - July 7 @ 16:30

Kawagoe hachimangu Chinowa Kuguri 2020

Chinowa Kuguri 2020 Kawagoe. I find the summers in Japan very tough. Its not so much the heat as the humidity. That is why we always escape back to Ireland. However, this year due to the Coronavirus outbreak there are no flights home and we are stuck in Japan for the summer, whether we like it or not! This year more than ever I felt the need to do Nagoshi no Harae, a shinto ritual to survive the summer!


Chinowa Kuguri is a type of shinto ritual and one of the rites of “Nagoshi no Harae” often translated as “summer passing” in English. It is believed that by passing through the ring of chigaya, grasses entwined around a circle of bamboo, that it will increase ones chances of getting through the hot sultry summer in good health. You pass through the ring in a figure of 8. Going in, go left first and then right. On the way out it is the same – left first, then right so making the 8 figure in the opposite direction to when you came in. There is a photo at the ring demonstrating how to do it thankfully. 

Kawagoe Hachimangu

Most of the Chinowa Kuguri that I know of didn’t go ahead this summer because of the Coronavirus, but thankfully Kawagoe Hachimangu’s is going ahead and it started today! And the shrine is particularly beautiful at the moment with the hydrangea in bloom. More information in English about the seasonal events and the shrine here (click).

Chinowa Kuguri 2020

Kawagoe Hachimangu have been practicing the traditional shinto custom of Chinowa Kuguri since the Edo period. It is a popular annual celebration. This year, 2020, you can walk through a chigaya in Kawagoe Hachimangu from today June 27th to July 7th 2020. On June 30th they will have special shinto rituals and will be passing out keepsakes, for those who participate in the rituals, from 4 pm.


10 minute walk from both Kawagoe and Hon-kawagoe stations. 

Free parking available. 

Map, event’s official web page, contacts and other information in the grey details box at the very bottom of the post. The shrine’s official website here (click). For more events in Saitama, please see the main event calendar.


June 27 @ 09:30
July 7 @ 16:30
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19-3 Minamitorimachi
Kawagoe, Saitama 350-0045, Japan
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