Solemn rite of respect and thanksgiving for broken needles and pins. During the ritual, Orihime-no-mai dance by four ladies dressed like Orihime (Vega) is performed to the tune of Gagaku (court music) for about 10 min.
Schedule & Key events:
1 p.m.-2 p.m.
Location: Horin-ji Temple, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
(1) Keifuku Arashiyama Honsen Line to Arashiyama Sta., and then walk 10 min. (2) Hankyu Arashiyama Line to Hankyu Arashiyama Sta., and then walk 5 min. (3) JR Sagano Line to Saga-Arashiyama Sta., and then walk 15 min.
Festival information compiled in cooperation with the Tourist Information Center of the Japan National Tourist Organization. (Shin-Tokyo Bldg. 1F, 3-3-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; (03) 3201-3331). Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.