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Ikegami Oeshiki – This Weekend

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on October 11, 2014

This weekend, temples all over Japan belonging to one of the biggest Japanese buddhist sects, will be holding the grand Oeshiki, a festival to celebrate the passing of the saint Nichiren who died on October 13th, 1282. The main temple of the Nichiren sect and the biggest of the Oeshiki ceremonies is at the temple in Ikegami, in Tokyo’s southern Ota Ward. The ceremonies start today but the main event with big parade, the dancing with the matoi and the thousands of revelers is on the 12th and finishing with more ceremonies on the 13th.

If you are in Tokyo this weekend I recommend heading down to the Honmonji temple to watch the festivities! You can find more information on the event homepage here, although it is all in Japanese is has all the times, routes and maps of the ceremonies.

I took these photos right at the end of last year’s ceremony, the parishioners still had a lot of energy even though they had been dancing and playing for hours!



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