WHO/WHAT: Hawaii Kotohira Jinsha – Hawaii Dazaifu Tenmangu honors sake at this special festival. Sake, a by-product of rice, has long been a vital part of Japanese culture. Its strongest connection with the Japanese culture lays in its traditional indispensability at social gatherings. It plays an important role at festivals, ceremonies and rituals. Whether imbibed during “san-san-kudo” (exchange of nuptial cups) at a Shinto wedding ceremony or at a festival, sake has symbolized the miracle of nature.
This special festival acknowledges the gift that alcoholic beverages made from rice, like sake and shochu, are to the world and our lives.
WHEN/WHERE: Sunday, March 6, at 3 p.m. at the shrine, located at 1239 Olomea St.
ADMISSION is free.