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Sep. 9, 2023
Today, we held the Chongyang Festival, Healing of Sickness and Health Prayer Festival. Odd numbers are Yang numbers, and the Chongyang Festival, which means that the maximum value of 9 overlaps, is the last of the five verses and is considered a day to celebrate longevity. It is also known as "Chrysanthemum Festival", but since chrysanthemums are used as medicinal herbs and are said to be beneficial for health and longevity, there was a custom of decorating and celebrating chrysanthemum flowers during the festival of Chongyang. At this shrine every year, only on this day, the sacred treasure "Enku Buddha" is open to the public. It is a Buddha statue carved by a monk called Enku, and since the Enku Buddha of this shrine is a medicine master Buddha holding a medicine urn in his hand, it is now open to the public on the day of celebration of health and longevity. Since this year was the first year after the Coronavirus pandemic, many people attended and performed the ritual.
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Aug. 14, 2023
It is "Mantoukai" in Hagi City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. Every year, Daishoin Temple and Tokoji Temple, the bodhi temples of the Mōri family, the lord of the Hagi clan, are the stage. To mourn Mohri's bodhi, more than 500 stone lanterns are lit by candles, creating a fantastic world. The photo shows the "Welcome Fire" held at Daishoin Temple on August 13. In Ōsho-in, the first feudal lord of Hagi Domain, Mōri Hidenori, and his wife from 2~12 generations of even-numbered feudal lords are enshrined, and in the graveyard, which is a nationally designated historic site, more than 600 stone lanterns donated by feudal lords are lined up in an orderly manner, and at the "Mantoukai", about 600 stone lanterns in the graveyard and candles are lit on the approach road.
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