Sunday, April 24, 2011


Do you know what we have in April 8?

It is called Hana-Maturi. It stands for Buddha's birthday, however, it doesn't have such religious taste any more. It's just about cherry blossom season also. So lots of people think of the day as simply flower (means hana in Japanese language) festival at temples.

OK. Let's walk around the temple. Walk along the path and you will see a big  temple bell that is like the chiming of the church bell. It sounds very different though. 

Then you will see a tiny annex in front of the main building. The one with flower decorative. This is the place where you can meet the statue of little Buddha.

He points to the heaven. It should be something important but I don't know the details. If you want to know more about it, I'd recommend you to ask someone who is a serious Buddhist. Not me, sorry!
Anyway, there is a ceremony of pouring amacha (sweet tea) into the statue. (Don't ask me of its meaning!!)

You will be given the sweet tea and rice cookie. Jut like a mass of Catholic church, may be?

How do you like the tour of the temple?

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