Tuesday, September 20, 2016


It was a rainy day because of the typhoon No. 16.

I took a half day off to attend Minarukane taisai (巳成金大祭) at Ueno this morning. This is once a year festival held on the day of snake in September and the statue of the principal Buddhist image, Benzaiten (弁財天), is displayed to the public. She is one of the seven gods, and brings us wisdom and fortune.

The main hall opens from 5 am to 5 pm. There are two prayer sessions at 10 am and 2 pm.
They sell special charm of gold coin and purse. 

I arrived there just before 10 am. There was already a long line to enter the hall, but there were longer lines to enter the main hall and another hall, and to buy those special goods only for today after I came out of the hall around 11:30 am.

Since it was raining, it took longer time to take off shoes and enter the hall than usual because some people were wearing rain shoes.

Next year it will be on September 15.  If you are interested in visiting, I recommend you to visit early.

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