Mmm…they look good! Grilled mitarashi dango at its birthplace, Shimogamo Shrine in Kyoto.
The top dango is separated from the other four, and there are two theories to explain it.
1: Because when Emperor Go-Daigo (1288-1339) scooped up a handful water from the Mitarashi pond (purifying water placed at the entrance of a shrine), a big bubble came up and four more bubbles came up shortly after that.
2: Five-dango represents human body. The top one is the head and remaining four are arms and legs.
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