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Hiraizumi ‘Pure Land Garden’ travel

Known as the place of ‘Pure Land Buddhism’ thanks to its magnificent ‘Pure Land Garden’,

Hiraizumi is home to the Motsu-Ji Temple, where on the 4th Sunday in May, the Motsuji Gokusui No En takes place. This singular poetry reading recreates the elegant amusement that first originated in the 8th century. The practice involves a Shinto priest who places a small cup of sake into a sacred stream while poets sit on the lawn and write poetry. Originally, virgin princesses dressed in kimonos would guide the sake along the stream down to the poets; at which point the poets would drink the sake and read out their poem. Read more: http://www.air-golf.com/destinations/prefecture-guides/iwate-travel-guide
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