Takekiri-eshiki竹伐り会式

Summary

Teams compete during the Takekiri-eshiki at Kurama-dera.

A temple with an interesting history that can be traced back to a single hermitage founded by a Chinese monk in 770, Kurama-dera in northern Kyoto is nestled in an ancient forest and set partway up Mount Kurama.

Priests purify the stage at Takekiri-eshiki at Kurama-dera.

Because of its location, this temple has a deep and abiding relationship with nature, and many of its rituals throughout the year reflect this.

On June 20th, Kurama-dera holds their annual bamboo cutting ritual, the Takekiri-eshiki (or Takekiri-e).
Held as homage to a legend about a monk of the temple and his battle with supernatural serpents as well as a form of divination regarding the crop futures in surrounding areas, the Takekiri-e is a fast-paced and exciting ritual to behold.

Bugaku dance is performed at Takekiri-eshiki at Kurama-dera.

After a memorial service held inside that expresses gratitude for nature, grains, and water, as well as a round of practice cutting and a bugaku traditional court dance, two teams of local men dressed as warrior monks compete to see who can cut the thick bamboo poles into six pieces the fastest, utilizing great strength and skill with their blades. Quite action-packed, the Takekiri-e stands out from other more sedate rituals and offers various sights for visitors to take in. Those who have a mind for nature and culture would benefit from a trip to Kurama-dera.

Things to See/Do

  • Bugaku

  • Buddhist Service

  • Period Costume

  • Gagaku

  • Competition

Schedule

June 20th, 14:00

Access

Kurama-dera

Address

〒601-1111 京都府京都市 左京区鞍馬本町1074

TEL 075-741-2003
WEB http://www.kuramadera.or.jp/

Admission

  • General Admission: ¥200
  • Junior High School & Below: Free

Hours

  • General Admission: 09:00 – 16:30
  • Closed: No closing days

Transportation