This photograph is taken in Nishiarai Daishi in Tokyo Adachi-ku. This temple is the temple of the Buzan Sect of Shingon Buddhism. The Shingon sect is a cult of the Buddhism of Japan opened by Kūkai at the beginning of the 9th century. Buddhist priest's sutra recitation was performed in front of believers at main hall on that day. Probably, it is a regular meeting. The priests wore the green shoulder-worn ornamental robe, and they have recited the sutra in calmly thick voice toward Amitābha Tathagata striking a drum occasionally. A surrounding ornament is golden and gorgeous. For a Japanese, a temple is existence like air. Although a cult is different also in what house, we are a Buddhist indirectly. Those who know the principle and sutra of a cult will be rare. In daily, we will be conscious of the bonds of a temple and a priest at a funeral or the event of a visit to a grave. In such meaning, it will be true that the role which Buddhism plays is thin in actual our life.
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marabu61 (7403) 2012-10-09 14:20
Hello Mikio san
This is a very pleasing temple shot. I love those golden and green colors, they go so good together.
have a nice time
Didi (55103) 2012-10-10 5:27
Interesting scene, the flash is not excessive and that is very good in spite of the hard condition of lights.
abmdsudi (39696) 2012-10-12 4:58
This is marvelous shot a quiet and intimate moment well composed and I am impressed that despite the low light, the exposure is well managed with point of focus glued to the green robbed priests. There's a sense of depth and 3d feel. But the vision is so authentic with the concentration, a beautifully caught moment with all the props surrounding them. I like the colouring too and your description adds to the picture as well. Well done, Congrats.
ikeharel (52411) 2013-07-05 5:49
I can imagine the scent of the incense, and can see clearly the fume's. Pic. show nicely the inside of the hall, fabulousely decorated and the presence of the monks in green gawns add special tone.
Have a nice weekend,