The night of “Santera Mairi (visiting three temples)” in Hida-Furukawa Candle lights illuminating the town, and stay at the old folk house
“Santera Mairi” is done by women who wear Japanese clothes to pray for “matchmaking”.
On every January 15th, Santera Mairi is held in Furukawa Area, Hida City, Gifu Prefecture.
This traditional event has been held for more than 200 years that candle lights illuminate the old townscape in Furukawa mysteriously.
During the Meiji and the Taisho Period, women, who worked away from home, came back to their home in this season, and they wear the beautiful kimono to visit local temples like Enko-ji Temple, Shinshu-ji Temple, and Honkou-ji Temple.
And this could be the “meeting place” with men, so that Santera Mairi has been standardized as matchmaking.
Lights of snow candles, stood everywhere in the town and it is two meters high, and “Tourou Nagashi (Buddhist ceremony in which paper lanterns are floated on a river)”, held in Seto River illuminate women with a kimono.
Santera Mairi in Hida Furukawa is a winter tradition fulfilled by such a warmth.
The night of Santera Mairi is solemn and mysterious.
In Hida Furukawa, we recommend you to stay at “old folk house” fulfilled by the very Japanese atmosphere.
It has historic looks of the house, the tatami floored Japanese space, and the relaxation space that wants to lie down.
Your cold and tired body by visiting temples and strolling will be relaxed by taking a Hinoki bath.
After your body becomes warm, you can sleep on a futon on the tatami to bring back your energy for tomorrow.
It will be rare experiences in Japan as January in Hida Furukawa to do historic “Santera Mairi” to pray for matchmaking and to stay at the old folk house.
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