In its long history, the town of Minamisanriku has faced a number of natural disasters. In such circumstances, it was not possible to prepare the rice cakes and sake that they dedicated for gods in ordinary situations. Even in such hardships, they made paper crafts that represent rice cake and sake and prayed to god—that is, kiriko. Immersing yourself in cutting paper in the shrine will refine your mind, and you will experience the prayer of the people in the community.
Making kiriko (30 min)
Cut a piece of Japanese paper to produce diverse patterns.
Talking to the Shinto priest (60 min)
Discover stories behind the shrine and the community for a deeper understanding of kiriko.