Kumano Shrine in Kawagoe
In the prefecture of Saitama there is a special place, an intact villa that has remained of the Edo Period (1603-1868). It is called Kawagoe and is one of the most important tourist spots in the prefecture. The particular Kumano Sanctuary has three activities that aims to bring the visitor closer to the gods in a more physical and even fun way. This sanctuary is located near the Renjakucho crossing.
Hoping to promote people’s health, the Kumano Shrine or in Japanese “Kumano-Jinja” implemented “Ashibumi Kenkou Road (The Healthy Way Step by Step)”, a path with many embedded pebbles. The small stones, perfectly organized, are beneficial for health, because by stimulating the soles of the feet the blood circulation is greatly improved.
At first it can hurt a little or be uncomfortable, but when you walk a little more the feeling becomes pleasant and naturally the laughter and joy of the walkers is visible while the tour is done. Many visitors to the sanctuary enjoy it.
The sanctuary enclosure is very beautiful and cozy. After balancing the body with the passage of pebbles, there is another interesting activity that awaits the visitor.
Right next to the Haiden (front sanctuary) is another small but beautiful sanctuary dedicated to the goddess of prosperity Benzaiten. Normally when arriving at a sanctuary, a 5 yen coin is thrown into the offerings drawer and we proceed to pray. But in this section of this sanctuary, for those people who are looking for economic prosperity there is a whole space of pure water with small fountains where, after praying, a small transparent basket is taken in which you should put bills and coins (really ) to proceed to wash them with sacred water from the sanctuary.
According to legend, if money is washed with Benzaiten water, economic prosperity will come to the person’s life quickly and cleanly. For the Japanese this is a normal activity and there are people who insert 10,000 yen bills so that the effect is stronger in their lives.
Already after balancing the body and laundering money, finally it is recommended to try your luck.
Here the visitor is given a number of hoops (similar to the Frisbee game) and they must point them at three sticks that the sanctuary has. Each stick represents an important aspect of life; Love, money and study or work. If the visitor manages to throw the hoop and insert in the desired area, then that person will have very good luck in that aspect. If it launches but fails to insert, then you must personally strive to get ahead in that regard.
As in most sanctuaries, Kumano-Jinja has its own “Omikuji” (Prophecy of the future), and as here the energy of the goddess Benzaiten is present, the Omikuji comes with a small image of the goddess so that it can be carried away. In the letter or somewhere important and thus the energy of the goddess is always with the visitor. The Kumano Sanctuary has activities a bit out of the ordinary, therefore it is highly recommended to visit here and connect with prosperity in a different and dynamic way.