Fuji Festival 2019 June 1st, 2nd
“Let’s watch, listen and taste it!” Why not go to the temple?

  • ❖ Fuji Matsuri (Wistaria Festival) 2019 ❖
    Date and time: June 1st, 2nd (Saturday and Sunday) 10:00-16:00
    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 ◆
    ★ Petting Zoo / Saturday Sunday 10:00~15:00

    At “Petting Zoo” in Higashi Honganji

    You can enjoy interactions with chicks, rabbits, guinea pigs, owls, goats and turtles. 

    Please visit us with your family.




    A curled-up guinea pig when putting it on a knee.






    A chick riding in the palm while cheeping! So cute-!




    Goat "Mee ~ ~"





    A boy holds two pigeons well on his hands.

    This is a precious experience as we cannot have pigeons as pet so easily!






    Tortoise appearance ... It is a big tok turtle!






    There is also a pig !






    Fun for children and adults!




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



    ◆Lantern Painting Workshop


    Your/your family paintings turn into Lanterns!

    The lantern will be lit during the “Houtou Night” event in the evening of 2nd June, which a memorial service will be held at the mystical main temple where is lit with lanterns and candles.

        Hours: 10: 00-16: 00 (last entry 15:30)

        Fee: 200JPY per lantern (sold at the main reception in the main temple)

        Place: Main temple









    ◆Rosary Workshop


    Make an original rosary for yourself or for someone else!

    You can try making it with your children or exchange it with your friends. Why don’t you come to make your only one rosary?

        Hours: 10: 00-16: 00 (last entry 15:30)

        Fee: 200JPY  (sold at the main reception in the main temple)

        Place: Main temple









    ◆Ikebana Workshop


    An Ikebana lesson to have a fun experience as an introduction.

    Beginners are welcomed to try Ikebana.

        Hours: 10: 00-16: 00 (last entry 15:30)

        Fee: 400JPY  (sold at the main reception in the main temple)

        Place: Main temple







    ◆Tea ceremony


    Do you want to experience a tea ceremony first before attending to a proper class? Feel free to experience our tea ceremony class for beginners. You can learn traditional manners and knowledge from a sensei.

        Hours: 10: 00-16: 00 (last entry 15:30)

        Fee: 400JPY  (sold at the main reception in the main temple)

        Place: Main temple









    ◆Petit Envelope Workshop


    Useful envelopes when giving pocket money to your children/grand children!

    You can make your own original Petit Envelope!

        Hours: 10: 00-16: 00 (last entry 15:30)

        Fee: 200JPY  (sold at the main reception in the main temple)

        Place: Main temple






    ◆Scent-bag Workshop


    Blending from several kinds of incense and put it in a small bag, you can make your own “original scent bag” here!

        Hours: 10: 00-16: 00 (last entry 15:30)

        Fee: 200JPY  (sold at the main reception in the main temple)

        Place: Main temple







    ◆Sutra Copying Workshop


    Let’s copy sutra read during our service with a writing brush, understanding it letter by letter.

        Hours: 10: 00-16: 00 (last entry 15:30)

        Fee: 200JPY  (sold at the main reception in the main temple)

        Place: Main temple







    ◆Bosatsu (female Buddhist saint) Makeup


    A project by an artist, TETTA.

    Let’s get yourself Bosatsu-themed makeup in full color and post your photos to SNS!

        Hours: 10: 00-16: 00 

        Fee: 1,000JPY  (sold at the main reception in the main temple)

        Place: Main temple







    ◆Gourd Lamp Workshop


    The original gourd lamps that became a social media trend last year!

    You can make your handmade gourd lamp, which is also very popular in the “Houtou Night”!

        Hours: 10: 00~ Travel time is approximately 3 hours

        Fee: 3,500JPY (Mini experience is free)

        Place: Experience booth in Honganji city

    *Please apply directly at the workshop booth.











    ★ Stage / Saturday Sunday



    ◆Wadaiko (Japanese drums)  June 2nd 10:30 / 13:30 / 15:15 (30 minutes)


    Wadaiko (Japanese drums) group performance led by Mr. Taro Kobayashi, the Asakusa-based professional Taiko drummer who performs around the world.


    Please enjoy playing at the 2018 Fuji Festival.






    ◆≪Sha:Li≫, priest unit of Asakusa Hongan-ji Temple  June 1 Sat 12:35 2nd 12:50


    Special live music performance by a priest unit “Sha:li” in commemoration of the second single release


    Please enjoy the 2018 Fuji Festival's Sha: Li Special Live!








    ◆Jiraku-Rakugo Dojo- listening to Rakugo at temple


    Date: 1st of June, open10:40- / last15:20- (7 performances)

    2nd on June, (morning session)11:30-, (afternoon session)14:15- (3 performance)

    *Each performance takes 10-15 minutes

    Performance: Rakugo Society, Tokyo university of science

                       Rakugo Society, Meiji university

                       Rakugo Society, Hosei university

                       Rakugo Society, Keio university

    Program: “Jugemu”, “Okiku’s Plates” etc.




    ◆Howa-talk


    Buddhist sermon/quiz to get to know about Buddhism correctly just by listening it!








    ★Limited Goshuin (stamp) “Houtou”


    Available on the 1st and 2nd of June only


    The stamp will only be given after your application and the participation of our service.

    Please give yourself plenty of time for the application.

    Please note that the limited stamp will be available after your participation of our service.







    ★ Hongan-ji Market


    ◆ Hand-made city where 80 stores open






    ◆ Various kitchen cars such as crepe and curry





    ◆ sunnys crepe









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


    Only on this time of this day, the main temple will be lit up solemnly with votive offerings including candles, lanterns and gourd lamps.

    In a mystical atmosphere, a special service with Gagaku will be held in a mystical atmosphere.

    [Free admission] *Please note that there are limited numbers of chair seating.


    Please see the following link for the details of a votive lantern.



    Houtou (light of Buddhism) Night Recruitment of votive lanterns

























    Jodo Shinshu sect Higashi Hongan-ji school head temple



    Higashi Hongan-ji Temple


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