There is a small shrine in the southwest of Tadasu-no-Mori Forest in Shimogamo Shrine, a World Cultural Heritage Site.
It is called Kawai Shrine and is popular among Japanese women as a place to pray for beautiful women.
The shrine is also attracting attention as a rare Kagami-ema, offering blessings such as matchmaking and prayer for safe childbirth.
What’s in the precincts?
When you enter the precincts, you can see many women paying their respects.
And you can see Kagami-ema with many pictures of faces. Just looking at it is fun.
It’s said that you can get your ideal face if you put makeup that looks like your face on this Kagami-ema.
In addition, by writing a wish on the back side, not only the outside but also the inside can become beautiful. (You need to pay 800 yen to get Kagami-ema.)
It tells us that to be truly beautiful, we need to polish our minds as well as our external faces.
Let’s put makeup on the Ema!
Let’s move to a place called Kagami-ema powder room to put makeup on Kagami-ema.
Using crayons arranged in the room, it beautifully colors the Kagami-ema. You can use your own cosmetics.
You can draw freely, so you will feel like you are a child and get excited.
After putting makeup on the Ema, write your wish on the back.
When you finish putting on makeup, you will dedicate it to the precincts. It is sad to leave the Ema you love, but your wish will come true by dedicating it.
Bijin-sui (water for beauty)
You can drink healthy drink called Bijin-sui in the precincts. This is made from the fruit called Karin.
Karin is rich in vitamin C and has the effect of enhancing the synthesis of polyphenol and collagen, so it’s the best fruit for beautiful skin. Karin grown in the garden of the shrine is used.
It has a sweet and refreshing taste and is very delicious! You’ll be happy if you skin becomes more beautiful.
In order to be beautiful, of course it is important to keep in mind every day, but when you visit Kyoto, please pray for beauty at Kawai Shrine.
Your sense of beauty will improve more and more!