The New Age of Temples? An Ex-Dj Turned Chief Priest Reads Sutras to the Sound of Techno!
This video, titled "Japan’s DJ Monk Spins the Holiest Beats," was released by "Great Big Story."
In the video, Asakura Gyosen, the chief priest of Shoonji Temple of the Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha Hongwanji School in Fukui City, Fukui Prefecture, reads a sutra to the sound of techno.
As a young man, Asakura used to DJ at the temple, and now hundreds of people come to listen to his techno memorial services, where he combines beats and projection mapping with sutras.