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三輪山シリーズ#09 「三卯大祭(さんうたいさい)」

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Mount Miwa#09 ‐San-U-Taisai (Triple Rabbits festival).

A special day once every 12 years

March 10, 2023 is a very special day. Do you know what day it is?

It is the year of the Rabbit, the month of the Rabbit, and the day of the Rabbit, which comes around once every 12 years. It is a day of great celebration and is said to be the day when the power of the deities of a group of okuninushi no okami (The God of nation-building, agriculture, medicine, and protective magic) is at its peak.

The San-U-Taisai, literally means triple rabbit festival, held once every 12 years, is going to be held at Omiwa Shrine in Sakurai city, Nara prefecture on March 10, 2023. This is a very important festival. It was in the year of the Rabbit that Emperor Sujin first ruled over the land of Japan. Since then, the day of the Rabbit has been highly valued.

According to the 2022 early winter issue of MIWA, a newsletter of Mt Miwa, the origin of the character “U” (卯) represents the opening of a gate and means that the yang qi (positive energy) comes out of the earth. The time is 6:00 a.m., the direction is east, the color is blue, and the season is spring. The character U also represents a rabbit.

Spring is the season of good omen, when all things sprout and flourish, and the rabbits are gentle and sincere, agile, and wise. In any case, San-U (triple rabbits) is a great year, a great month, and a great day, and it is the time when the deity’s spiritual power is at its highest.

Won’t it be a magical day?  If you are lucky enough to make it, why don’t you visit the shrine on that day? You might experience something special. If can’t, it might be good to think of the shrine in your heart.






Aki Sawaguchi.
Editor: Stuart Cauley

監修:大神神社東京分祠代表 根本幸夫先生


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