Japan from the inside out

All you have to do is look (76)

Posted by ampontan on Sunday, October 14, 2012

The Byodo-in Buddhist temple in Uji, Kyoto. It was built in 998, and its most famous building is the Phoenix Hall, built in 1053. Last month, the priests conducted a ceremony, the Hakken-shiki, to temporarily place the spirit of the statue of the Buddha in that hall into a yellow sphere while the hall is being repaired. The work is scheduled to end in March 2014.

Though this is a Buddhist temple, the ceremony was Shinto. Gagaku, which is Shinto ceremonial music, is heard at the end of the video.

One Response to “All you have to do is look (76)”

  1. pumpkin said

    I think you’ll find gagaku isn’t unusual at the oldest temples, not necessarily Shinto.
    P: Thanks for this. I’m glad you sent that in.


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