Ikuta Shrine Summer Festival

As our afternoon activity today we went to the Ikuta Shrine Summer Festival, which is one the most famous shrines in Kobe!


The first thing you need to do when you go to a shrine is wash your hands to cleanse our bodies.


You throw a 5 yen coin (in Japan, the five yen coin is considered lucky because the pronunciation of ‘five yen’ also means ‘good fortune’ in Japanese) into the wooden box, ring the bell, bow twice, clap your hands twice and then make a wish.

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After making our wishes, we bought an omikuji, which is a love fortune. At first the paper appears to be blank….


But then we headed to the little stream just behind the shrine. Here, we placed the fortunes in to the water. As if by magic the words gradually appeared on the page, telling us various things, such as our lucky colour, a lucky place to meet that someone special, etc.

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To finish with, we visited a few little stalls around the entrance of the shrine where we bought flavoured shaved ice to cool off.


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