Kyokusui-no-en is a Japanese traditional ceremony held at
Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrineon first Sunday of March, a purification
ceremony on a winding stream, is performed by ladies and gentlemen
in a ceremonial court robe under the plum blossoms in full-bloom.
After the Tobiume-no-mai dance by shrine maidens,
Kyokusui-no-En Festival begins.
Vermilion-lacquered cups full of sake are set afloat down
Before the cups reach each of the participants sitting along
The ceremony has its origin in a historical fact that