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Gokusui no En

曲水の宴(平泉町)

An elegant poetry contest from the Heian period ( from about the 8th to the 12th century ) is reenacted in this festival at the Pure Land Garden of Motsuji, held on the 4th Sunday of May. Following the opening and announcement of the poetry topic, the Young Woman Dance ( Jakujo ) of the Ennen no Mai longevity rites is performed. Sitting by the feeder stream for the temple garden’s pond, participants clad in Heian-style costumes compose poetry before a floating cup of sake reaches them, after which they take a sip from the cup. During the contest, there are elegant entertainments such as a traditional musical performance on a boat. Finally, the master of ceremonies reads the poems aloud, and this graceful event comes to a close. Like the floating sake cups, time seems to flow slowly and gracefully in this festival.

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Tourist Information Ichinoseki Tourist Information 0191-23-2350 Hiraizumi Tourist Information 0191-46-2110
Access 1
Loop Bus from JR Hiraizumi Station Hiraizumi Loop Bus "Run-Run" Get on at Hiraizumi Station Boarding Area 1 Get off at Motsuji About 3 min. 0191-23-4250 ( Iwateken Kotsu ) http://hiraizumi.or.jp/en/transport/index.html ( in 4 languages )  
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On Foot 7 min. from JR Hiraizumi Station
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Taxi About 3 min. from JR Hiraizumi Station
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Bicycle Rental Swallow Tour 9:00-17:00 ( May-October ) ; 9:00-16:00 ( November-April ) 70 bicycles available 0191-46-5086 Bicycle Rental "Kaze" 9:00-17:00 47 bicycles available 090-4041-5736
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Car About 10 min. from Hiraizumi-Maesawa IC

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