Hakata Gion Yamakasa (Part 2)

Hakata Gion Yamakasa (Part 2)

Hakata Gion Yamakasa (Part 2)...It all started with Shouichi Kokushi's efforts to stop the plague

 

- There are many theories about the origin of Hakata Gion Yamakasa. One of the most widely held theories is that it started in 1241 during the Kamakura period (1185-1333), when the founder of Jotenji Temple (Hakata Ward, Fukuoka City), Shouichi Kokushi, is said to have stopped a plague.

 

- In that year, an epidemic broke out in Hakata, and when the townspeople asked for help, Shouichi Kokushi rode around the town on a portable shrine (a palanquin for carrying people), sprinkled nectar water (holy water) and prayed fervently. The origin of the story is that the plague stopped.

 

- It is said that in the beginning of summer, each town assembled Yamakasa, decorated it with dolls and other lucky charms, and carried it around. /



博多祇園山笠(その2)…始まりは聖一国師の疫病封じ

 

- 博多祇園山笠の起源については諸説があります。中でも最も広く伝えられているものは、鎌倉時代の1241 年、 承天寺(福岡市博多区)の開祖である聖一国師が行ったとされる疫病封じから始められたという説です。

 

- その年、博多では疫病が流行し、町民に助けを求められた聖一国師が施餓鬼棚(人を乗せる輿)に乗り、町を回って甘露水(聖水)を振りまいて熱心に祈ったところ疾病は収まったという故事が由来です。

 

- やがて、夏の初めに町ごとに山笠を作り、人形を中心に縁起物を飾り、舁く(担いで回る)ようになったとされています。