The days are getting warmer but that is not the only indication of spring at Shirotori Shrine in Higashikagawa, Kagawa Prefecture, where 666 handmade pinwheels resembling the shape and color of cherry blossoms spin every time a gentle breeze passes by.

The shrine began displaying colorful pinwheels in its grounds from the fall of 2021, in the hope that with the help of "good breezes, everything will turn out positively."

Photo shows the pinwheels that resemble the shape and color of cherry blossoms on display at Shirotori Shrine in Higashikagawa, Kagawa Prefecture.

It gradually increased the number of pinwheels on display, which totals about 2,000 now. Sections of the decorations are swapped periodically to match the colors of the seasons.

Photo shows a limited-edition "shuin" seal impression with a cherry blossom design.

The pinwheels inspired by cherry blossoms are displayed every spring since 2022. As in previous years, they are installed at such spots as near the Zuishinmon gate in front of the main prayer hall, and a corridor near the shrine office.

Each new pinwheel is about 20 centimeters in diameter, handcrafted by shrine staff using transparent plastic folders. They come in seven colors, including various shades of pink, white and purple. They were installed to wooden shelves in early March with the help of volunteers.

Attached to each pinwheel is a strip of paper on which visitors' various wishes are scribbled, including wishes for the well-being of their family members and success in passing entrance exams.

The strips of paper can be bought for 300 yen ($2) at the office area from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Additionally, the shrine offers a limited-edition "shuin" seal impression with a cherry blossom design for 500 yen and cherry blossom-shaped "omikuji" fortunetelling slip for 50 yen through May 8. The cherry blossom pinwheels will be on display through May 12.

Contact the shrine for more information at 0879(25)3922.

The Shikoku Shimbun


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