Hojoe ceremony at Kofukuji temple
- Tourist spots in nara city -

The tourist spot that I will introduce today is Kofukuji temple in Nara.
Yesterday, April 17th, a religious ceremony called Hojoe was held there.
Preparation was done early in the morning on this day.
The place is in front of Hitokoto Kannondo hall beside Nan'endo hall of Kofukuji.

Hitokoto Kannondo hall beside Nan'endo hall of Kofukuji temple

 In front of Hitokoto Kannondo hall of Kofukuji temple

 plenty of pails

There are plenty of pails.
They are pails for use at the ceremony.
These pictures were taken around 8:30 in the morning.
The ceremony is held from 1 pm on April 17 every year.
I also went to see the state during the lunch break.
The goldfish which were not found in the morning were also put in the bag.
There was also a guide signboard suspended from the wisteria trellis.

Goldfishes that were put in bags

Goldfishes that were put in bags

A guide signboard suspended from the wisteria trellis

A guide signboard suspended from the wisteria trellis

The outline of this event is as follows.
First Buddhist priest read the sutra in Hitokoto Kannondo hall.

Hitokoto Kannondo hall

Next people will move to the Sarusawa pond with pails.

Sarusawa pond

At the end they will release the goldfish in their pail at the Sarusawa pond.

[ Approximate Latitude and Longitude of tourist spots etc. ]
In Google Maps, you can find the location of tourist spots with latitude and longitude.
The following latitudes and longitudes are not officially announced, they are what I found out.
So they may be wrong.

(1)The hitokoto kannondo hall of Kofukuji temple: N34.68261 E135.83042


(April 18, 2018)

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