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厳島神社管絃祭Kangen-sai at Itsukushima Shrine

古くから都では、貴族が池や河川に船を浮かべ、優雅な「管絃の遊び」をしておりました。
嚴島神社を造営した平清盛はこの風習を嚴島神社に移し、遊びではなく神様をお慰めする神事として執り行うようになりました。
従って河川でなく瀬戸の海を舞台に雄大に繰り広げられるダイナミックな平安絵巻を思わせる海に囲まれた宮島ならではの優雅な祭りとなりました。
(宮島観光協会HPより)

【日時】8月1日
発輦祭[はつれんさい]
・・・ 16:00
御本殿出御
・・・ 17:00
大鳥居前の儀
・・・ 17:40
火立岩[ほたていわ]
・・・ 19:00
地御前神社
・・・ 20:20
長浜神社
・・・ 21:40
大元神社
・・・ 22:30
火焼前[ひたさき]
・・・ 23:10
客神社前
・・・ 23:30
御本殿還御
・・・ 24:00

詳しくは↓
http://www.miyajima.or.jp/event/event_kangen.html

This event originating during the Heian period (794 - 1185 AD), is the largest annual festival observed at Itsukushima Shrine, and takes place on the night of June 17th of the lunar calender.
(from the HP of Miyajima sightseeing association)

16:00
Hatsurensai-Shinto ceremony at Itsukushima Shrine.
17:00
The portable shrine is moved to the Goza boat and the boats depart the shrine heading toward O-torii Gate.
17:40
Ceremonial Gagaku music is performed at the gate.
After the performance, the boats sail toward Jigozen shrine.
19:00
At Hotateiwa, Eba's rowing boat is unfastened from the Goza boat and goes ahead to Jigozen Shrine to dedicate a dance performance. The Goza boat and Aga rowing boats are anchored there and have dinner and sacred sake in the boats. After sunset, they light the lanterns.
20:20
The boats get to the shore in front of Jigozen Shrine. Ceremonial Gagaku music is performed in front of the shrine.
21:40
When the boats get to the shore in front of Nagahama Shrine, people on Miyajima greet them with paper lanterns. Ceremonial Gagaku music is performed. After the boats leave for Goza boat is rotated three times by Eba's rowing boat and the boats leave for Omoto Shrine.
22:30
Ceremonial Gagaku music is performed on the shore in front of Omoto Shrine.
23:30
Ceremonial Gagaku music is performed in front of Marodo Shrine. The boats get into Masugata and rotate three times, playing Gagaku music. This is the grand finale of the festival.
24:00
The portable shrine is moved back to Istukushima Shrine.
* Times are subject to change.

More Information ↓
http://www.miyajima.or.jp/english/event/event_kangen.html

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