Saturday, November 13, 2010

Bussharito Festival Nov. 15

Man-chan (left), next to the yamabushi (ascetic mountain monk)
at the goma fire ceremony at the Bussharito Matsuri.

Monday is Shiraishi Island's Bussharito matsuri, to celebrate the anniversary of the Thai style temple. This is the one day you can go inside the temple and see the displays. I was just up there today talking to the Buddhist priest and the place looks magnificent--all dressed up for this occasion. There will be visiting priests here as well, a procession up to the temple and a goma fire burning ceremony. If you're going to be on the island, don't miss it!

You can read more about the Bussharito Matsuri in this article in The Japan Times. More on the crypt here.
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