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March 13, 2019 from 1:00 am - 1:00 am
Dates and times are subjects to change without notice. Check with the official organizers before making travel arrangements.
This "Festival" actually runs 14 days from March 1st to the 14th. However the "Main Event" is March 13th which is (literally translated) "Get the Healing Water" day (in Japanese; O Mizu Tori, お水取り). The festival is held at Todai Ji Temple which is famous for is huge statue of Buddha. The priests at the temple confess their sins and pray for peace and a rich harvest for these 14 days. This event goes back over a thousand years!
On the 13th, water (the Healing Water) is drawn up from the spring in front of the temple building and offered to the Buddhist deities. This healing water is very powerful and is said to heal disease. There is also another "Main Event" called the Otaimatsu in which priests hold massive torches and run around Nigatsu Do. If your hit by one of the sparks, you will be protected from all things evil.
Todai Ji Temple Website (Japanese Only)
Address: 406-1 Zoshicho, Nara, Nara. 630-8211
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