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 sake and 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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