Kyokusui-no-en at Dazaifu Shrine
Vermilion-lacquered cups full of sake are set afloat down the stream.
a Japanese poem called waka, and write it down on a strip of fancy paper. When the cups
reach the participants, they drink the sakeand hand the paper strip and cup over to an attendant.
The ceremony has its origin in a historical fact that Ono-no-Yoshifuru, an elder brother of a
noted-calligrapher Ono-no-Tofu, held a ceremony to appease the soul of Michizane Sugawara
and to beguile tedious hours in a rural life.
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