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Announcing Enmusubi Furin 2017
This year’s Enmusubi Furin festivities will begin on Saturday, July 1!
We look forward to seeing you during this exciting event!

縁むすび風鈴〜氷川の杜から、想い運ぶすずの音。 Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine Enmusubi Furin is an exclusive summer festival. This festival was first held in 2014 to send prayers of love into the Milky Way and to provide a moment of refreshing coolness people can enjoy in the shrine at night. The event is held at Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine where faith has been collected together for the God of Marriage since ancient times. The festival was a massive hit with more than 200,000 visitors and it received a lot of coverage on television, in newspapers, magazines and on the Internet. At this festival, wooden strips called tanzaku, onto which the prayers of worshippers have been written, are tied to multicolored Edo furin (or wind chimes) placed in a magical and symbolic area called the Enmusubi Furin Kairo (Corridor of Marriage Wind Chimes). The new Furin Komichi (Wind Chime Lane) has also been introduced this year. In addition to Furin Komichi, various events will be held to give color to the shrine. There will be the Goshinsui Area, where images will be projected onto a streamlet in the shrine in the image of the Milky Way, and the Takemari Furin Objet d’Art, where calmness will be produced with the shadows and light of takemari (ball-shaped bamboo ornaments). These areas will allow worshippers to experience the atmosphere and extraordinary sensations of summer in Japan. Please make sure to check out Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine Enmusubi Furin – where you can experience the serene scenes of summer in Japan while exploring the Koedo (Little Edo) Kawagoe warehouse streets within walking distance of the shrine.
 川越氷川神社 It is said that Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine was founded approximately 1,500 years ago in 541 in the Kofun Period (250 to 538). Kawagoe Castle was constructed by Ota Michizane and Dokan (father and son) in 1457 in the Muromachi Period (1333 to 1573). After that, the shrine was warmly revered by successive generations of lords as the guardian deity of the castle and deity of the domain. Even into the Edo Period (1603 to 1868), the shrine received structures and special offices from successive generations of Kawagoe lords. The current main shrine is adorned with delicate carvings and has been listed as an important cultural property of the prefecture. In addition, the enshrined deity here has brought together faith as the God of Marriage and helped bring people together since ancient times.

イベントスケジュール

Furin Kairo(Corridor of Wind Chimes) 9:00 〜 21:00

This is the symbolic area of Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine Enmusubi Furin. Wind chimes in 11 different colors are hung here in countless numbers. Worshippers enter the grounds of the shrine under the sound of these wind chimes. As done in previous years, the prayers of worshippers will be written on wooden tanzaku strips and tied to these wind chimes.

(*The dedication event will be held at a later date.) Please experience for yourself the magical Furin Kairo where you will be surrounded by beautiful wind chimes with cool tones.

The Glowing River and Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine19:00 〜 21:00

There is a legend of a “Glowing River” in the historical manuscripts of the Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine. Approximately 1500 years ago, it is said that the bottom of the Iruma River glowed vastly with light every night. In wonder, many have followed the light to its origin, which happens to be where the Kawagoe Hikawa Shine is enshrined. As the leader of the land purified himself and prayed for an oracle from God, he was told that the light was that of the deities of Hikawa Shrine, and thus that was where the shrine was built. Based on this legend, during the “Enmusubi-Furin” Festival, the small stream that runs on the grounds of the shrine is lit, to symbolize the Milky Way in the summer night sky. We hope you will enjoy the coolness of these glowing lights accompanied by the gentle sounds of the Furin wind chimes.

Takemari Furin Objet d’Art9:00 〜 21:00

We impose the image of shrine-like peace onto takemari (ball-shaped bamboo ornaments) and then install these in the grounds of the shrine. The LED lights embedded in the takemari make them beautifully emerge from the trees with the production of light and shadows.

Furin Komichi (Wind Chime Alley)9:00 〜 21:00

We have set up the new Furin Komichi area. The wind chimes here have specifications with a different appearance to the others. The color of these wind chimes is transparent and the wooden tanzaku strips in them have also been decorated with the crest of Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine.

Picture of Enmusubi Wind Chime Festival2014year edition

Please enjoy the wind bell art object installed in each precinct place by an animation.

Picture of Enmusubi Wind Chime Festival2016year edition

Please enjoy the wind bell art object installed in each precinct place by an animation.
  • Dedication Events

    Various events will be held in the court music pavilion.
    Details
  • 奉納演奏
  • Enmusubi café Period limitation Suites in Hikawa Hall


     
  • 氷川会館内、特別ランチ・ディナー
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    In addition, limited edition sweets to commemorate the holding of this event will also be sold this year at Musubi Café, which is located adjacent to Hikawa Hall. .

     

    ※Events, food & drinks and the image projection may be cancelled depending on the weather.
  • 氷川会館  むすびcafé

周辺ガイド

Kawagoe is a castle town. There are many interesting shops and delicious restaurants on both sides of the roads that cross thinly. Please take the opportunity to take in Kawagoe before or after visiting Enmusubi Furin. (We will update store information from time to time.)
Click here for tourism information KOEDO-KAWAGOE Tourist Association
時の鐘

Toki-no Kane (Time Bell Tower)

Toki no Kane is the symbol of Kawagoe that conspicuously soars high over its elegant warehouse-style streets. This is a clock tower familiar to the residents that has told time since the beginning of the Edo Period (1603 to 1868). This is a building where the vestiges from the days of the castle remain in the same way as with the warehouse-style streets of Ichibangai. It is said that this tower was constructed by Tadakatsu Sakai – the then Kawagoe Lord – approximately 400 years ago. The bell tower and bronze bell have since then been destroyed multiple times by fire. However, they were rebuilt time and again through the Edo Period.

The building now is its fourth incarnation, which was rebuilt directly after the Kawagoe fire that occurred in 1893.
Learn more here

菓子屋横町

Kashiya Yokocho (Penny Candy Alley)

Kashiya Yokocho is a famous spot in Kawagoe with a stone-paved alley embedded with colorful glass that is lined with 22 traditional Japanese-style candy shops. The candy shops lined along this alley pass down the simple and nostalgic taste of days gone by. Once you step foot in one of these shops, you will feel like a child again. You will find many candies here that may suddenly put you in childhood nostalgia. You will come across the fragrant aroma of soy sauce being cooked, cinnamon and mint candy, cheap sweets, dango (rice cake balls), and confectionary and honeycomb toffee made with traditional recipes.This is a place that will excite you – whether you are a child or an adult.

Learn more here

川越城本丸御殿

Kawagoe Castle Honmaru Palace

The only remains of Kawagoe Castle, a calm samurai-style construction which boasted 170,000 koku during the Edo Period (1603 to 1868), are the Honmaru Palace. This was constructed by Lord Naritsune Matsudaira in 1848. Ogigayatsu Uesugi Mochitomo ordered his vassals Ota Michizane and Dokan (father and son) to build Kawagoe Castle in 1457 to counteract the Kogakubo Shigeuji Ashikaga.

After this, Lord Nobutsuna Matsudaira, known as a prominent figure of the Tokugawa Shogunate, greatly expanded and developed Kawagoe Castle in 1639. It became a castle with a total floor space of 46,000 tsubo (1 tsubo = 3.31 square meters).

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アクセス

Map

周辺地図

Google Map

Transportation Facilities

Train

Get off at Kawagoe Station on the JR Tobu Tojo Line

Tobu Bus Boarding Point 1 : A 5-minute walk from Kita-machi stop
Boarding Point 7 : Right by Miyashita-machi stop
Koedo Tour Bus Right by Hikawa Jinja-mae stop
 
Get off at Honkawagoe Station on the Seibu Shinjuku Line
Tobu Bus Boarding Point 5: Right by Miyashita-machi stop or a 5-minute walk after getting off at Kita-machi stop
Koedo Tour Bus Right by Hikawa Jinja-mae stop
    


バス運行表
Shrine Office Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine 2-11-3 Miyashita-machi, Kawagoe-shi, Saitama  049-224-0589  Mail

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