Fuji Festival
“Let’s watch, listen and taste it” Why not go to temple?
  • ◆ Fuji Matsuri (Wistaria Festival) ◆

    

    Date and time: June 2nd, 3rd (Saturday and Sunday) 10: 00-15: 00

    Place: Jodo Shinshu sect Higashi Hongan-ji school head temple, Higashi Hongan-ji Temple

    Access: 1-5-5 Nishi Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Japan



    What is "Fuji Matsuri"?


    It has been held since 1968 in Higashi Hongan-ji Temple to celebrate the upcoming 800th birthday anniversary of the founder of Jodo Shinshu sect, Shinran in 1973.


    Fuji-wara was Shinran’s secular name and the festival was held at the time in May when Fuji (Wisteria) blooms. The Buddha’s birthday celebration is called “Hana Matsuri (flower festival)”. For such reasons, the festival is called Fuji Matsuri.


    The long-lasting founder saint’s birthday celebration “Fuji Matsuri” was renamed as “Hotokeisankai” in 1989 at the time of the succession of the 25th Hoto of Higashi Hongan-ji and the establishment of Jodo Shinshu sect Higashi Hongan-ji School. The festival celebrates those who inherited the teaching from the Buddha and the inheritance of the teaching.



    …Event information…


    ★ Hongan-ji Market


    Many shops including flea market and food stall will be open at the temple grounds.

    You will find something you want.


    *The event will be cancelled in bad weather.









    ★ Petting Zoo / Saturday Sunday 10: 00-15: 00


    Cute animals will come to the temple.

    You can enjoy spending time with the cute animals.


    *The event will be cancelled in bad weather.


















    ★ Activity Corner / Saturday Sunday 10: 00-15: 00


    You can enjoy tea ceremony, Ikebana, making rosary beads etc.

    This will be a very good opportunity to participate something interesting for anyone.

    Please do not hesitate to try Japanese traditional culture.


    *Ticket system. Ticket sales at the venue.










    ★ Open-air Sermon / Saturday 10:00 ~ 15:00   Sunday 10:00 ~ 12:00


    You can listen to various 15 minutes-long Buddhist sermon.

    There will be an interesting talk as well as a live show of "Sha: Li" priest music band.









    Sha:Li, priest unit of Asakusa Hongan-ji Temple 


    Firstsingle: “Ayumi/Omoide No Kakera”



    Sha:Li is a music unit composed from the priests at Asakusa Hongan-ji. The unit introduces Buddha’s teaching with familiar lyrics and pop melody for those who feel religion exists far away from the modern life. The music brings feelings of gratitude and politeness which have faded away in recent years, and of respect of the past.

    Sha: Li special live will be held at the Fuji Matsuri.



    Wadaiko (Japanese drum) / Sunday 12:00~14:30


    Mr. Taro Kobayashi, worldwide famous Wadaiko player with 30 years’ experience will have an exciting show together with our local Asakusa team Taikoban.

    Please see the stunning movement and energizing performance.









    ★ Best young priest Award / Sunday 13:00


    We will introduce all the performance of our young priests.

    You may encounter their unexpected part or unusual ability.










    ★ For real? Rest in Peace Game” / Saturday Sunday


    Throughout the escape experience game, you will learn the Buddhism by solving many riddles. Can you safely escape from the hell and reach the world of the Buddha?! Take the challenge from the hell!


    *Tickets purchase required.






    ★ Houtou (light of Buddhism) Night / Sunday 18:30~20:00


    Lighting up a visionary and solemn atmosphere with lanterns and gourd lamps.

    Along with the special memorial services such as ancient court music, we will light our thoughts for the Buddha.


    We look for participants who want to serve the lantern at the temple ground and the mail temple during the festival period.


    Applicationfor Houtou Night lanterns









    We look for participants who want to serve the lantern at the temple ground and the mail temple during the festival period.

    All the applied lanterns will be lit at “Houtou Night -light to connect the future-”

    Why not make original one with your message or illustration?

    We will look forward to your entries.


    Applicationfor Houtou Night lanterns





    Fuji Festival Introduction YouTube videos are here!



    With the motto of “Let’s watch, listen and taste it” and “Why not go to temple?”, we hope that many visitors will have valuable experience at our events. We look forward for your visit from our hearts.


    *Parking is prohibited in the temple ground on the 2nd, 3rd of July.

    Please use the public transport or visit the temple on foot or by bicycle.








    ◆ Solemnly conducted by Hotokeisankai ◆


    <Hotokeisankai>


    Commemoration of the 7th anniversary of Shitokuin’s death, the 20th anniversary of the organization of the Higashi Hongan-ji school Women’s Association and the 80th anniversary of the construction of the constitutional monument


    Date: 1st of June (Friday)

    10: 00- Garden ceremony

    10: 45- Special celebration services

    14: 00- Greeting from high priest, Koken Otani


    National Convention of Women's Association


    Place: Higashi Hongan-ji temple, temple ground and main temple




    In conjunction with this year’s "Hotokeisankai ", we will solemnly conduct commemoration of the 7th anniversary of Shitokuin’s death, the 20th anniversary of the organization of the Higashi Hongan-ji school Women’s Association and the 80th anniversary of the construction of the constitutional monument.

    Through the events, we will look forward to seeing you at the temple, to honor the faithful beliefs of the Buddha, taught by our founder saint Shinran.




    Jodo Shinshu sect Higashi Hongan-ji school head temple


    Higashi Hongan-ji Temple





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