Uneme Festival (采女祭)
Every year around mid-September, this rite is held at Uneme-jinja Shrine in Nara Prefecture. It's intended to soothe the spirit of a woman, a Uneme maid-in-waiting, who supposedly drowned herself in Sarusawa pond after being spurned by the emperor in the Nara period. The ceremony centers around the Hana-ogi Dedication Procession, where dozens of women dressed in Nara-period clothing parade with a display of the 7 Flowers of Autumn and flower-fan decorated portable shrines, and the Rite of Kangen Boats in which flower-decorated boats sail Sarusawa pond offering the flower wreath to the spirit in the waters. The festival is truly filled with a sense of history.
- 2019/9/12-9/13 17:00Start
- Average attendance
- Street stall
Information Sources: NAVITIME JAPAN
- On foot aboutminutes
- about m
- Route from this Station Route from this Bus Stop Route from this IC Route from this Parking
Nearby Tourist Attractions
With a reputation almost as stellar as that of Kyoto, Nara is a must-visit for those searching for the remains of "traditional Japan." The largely green Nara city holds the majority of the prefecture’s treasures, such as the iconic Todai-ji Temple, in which a 15-meter tall Great Buddha sits, and Nara Park, where deer flock to befriend passersby. While mountains are by no means hard to come by in this area, for hiking with a reward, head to the Kii Mountains’ Yoshino district in spring, when the hillsides put on an impressive display of white and pink cherry blossoms.