Kyoto Shimbun 2009.12.18 News

Get Tiger Bell by Visiting Shrines and Temples
From January 1 to 15

"Fushimi-gofuku-meguri," or Fushimi Five Deity Pilgrimage, will be held from the 1st to the 15th of January. This is a special New Year's event to collect red stamps and pray for good luck while touring the following five shrines and temples: Gokonomiya Shrine, Fujinomori Shrine, Chokenji Temple, Daikokuji Temple and Nogi Shrine, in Fushimi Ward, Kyoto.

It is sponsored by "Rakunan Hoshokai," an association consisting of shrines and temples in the Fushimi area. Visitors purchase a fancy cardboard with one red stamp and a picture of a tiger, the oriental zodiac sign of 2010, for 1,000 yen at the first shrine or temple they visit. They collect the other four stamps for 300 yen each at the other locations, and "Dorei," or a clay bell, in the shape of a tiger is given when all five stamps have been successfully collected.

The association said, "We hope that the gloomy mood of the world will become bright with the power of the tiger." The colored papers are available for the first 2,000 people. For more information, call Gokonomiya Shrine at 075-611-0559 (Japanese language inquiries only).

(translated by Galileo, Inc.)

Photo= The fancy cardboard for Fushimi-gofuku-meguri and the clay bell that is conferred (Gokonomiya Shrine, Fushimi Ward, Kyoto)