Photographer's Note

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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