[ Omizutori ]
On March 13 th today, the sunrise is at 6:11 and sunset is at 18:02.
The daytime has gradually become longer.
There are cold days and warm days these days.
I feel that spring is just around the corner.
In Nara it is said that "Spring will come when Omizutori is finished."
Now, the omizutori is taking place in the Nigatsudo hall of Todaiji Temple.
Especially the most important ceremony was held around 1:30 in the morning.
Omizutori is a religious ceremony called "Shunie (officially " Juichimenkeka").
In the past, it was done from February 1st in the lunar calendar, but now it has been held for two weeks from March 1st in the new calendar.
This ceremony is held annually and lasts about 1250 years.
It has never been interrupted even once.
In the ceremony, the camellia of the artificial flower is decorated on the altar of the Juichimen-kannon.
[ Japanese sweets due to camellia ]
In accordance with this ceremony, Japanese sweets due to camellia are made and sold in the surrounding Japanese confection shop.
The sweets are named after the ceremony.
The way to make and shape varies depending on the shop, but all are made to resemble the camellia flowers.
Unfortunately, because it is fresh and perishable, it does not last longer and it is not suitable for souvenirs.
Yesterday, I bought it at Manmando in the Mochiidono shopping mall.
The shop seems to be founded in the late Edo period.
(It was from 1603 to 1868 in the Edo period.)
This is a confectionery called "Nori-koboshi".
Actually, the flower of camellia that blooms in the Kaikado near the Febundo is called Nori-koboshi.
The camellia flower has white spots on its red flowers.
Because it seemed as if the monks spilled(koboshi) the glue(nori) when making artificial flowers.
[Approximate Latitude / Longitude]
On Google Maps, you can examine the location by latitude and longitude.
The following latitudes and longitudes are not officially announced, they are what I examined.
So they may be wrong.
(1)Manmando: N34.68168 E135.82897
(March 13, 2018)