Uchiwa Maki, throwing fan, is festival to dedicate Kakujiyou (1194-1249) who made a significant contribution to Toshoudaiji temple in the early 13th century.
Buddhist monks throw heart-shaped fans, which are believed to have spiritual power to get rid of evil spirits, to people who gather at Toshoudaiji temple.
When Buddhist monk Kakujiyou(1194-1249) who joined Toshoudaiji temple in 1244, gave the lessons to his followers, he noticed that one of them tried to kill mosquitos.
Kakujiyou told followers to get rid of them by sending wind with a fan rather than killing them since killing other animals is strictly prohibited in Buddhism.
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Gojo town, Nara-city, Nara