A fire is made on New Year’s Eve
On December 31st at 8:00 P.M. bonfires are made in the inner areas of Ise-jingu Shrine to warm people.
There are many sizes of fires, but you’ll see a large fire nearby the Uji-bashi bridge over the Isuzugawa River.
Large logs of Japanese red pine cut from the small forest in the shrine are used. The logs are put together 2 to 3 meters high. The sound and smell of the burning logs is very soothing.
Is grilling “Mochi” in the shrine areas allowed?
but in Ise people eat Toshikoshi Mochi (rice cakes). Grilling Mochi over a fire in the shrine areas is allowed only for New Year’s Eve.
Traditionally, it has been said that eating Mochi that is grilled over a fire in Ise-jinguu Shrine is a promising token (kizui) for sound health. Why not eat Mochi grilled over a fire at Ise-jinguu Shrine and make your first visit to a Shrine in the New Year.
Free Mochi are given away at 10P.M. in limited quantities, so you should bring your own Mochi with you.
1 Ujitachicho , Ise city, Mie Pref.