Photographer's Note

This photograph is taken in Souji-ji(an alias, Nishiarai Daishi) in Tokyo Adachi-ku. As the photograph left, a souvenir shops stand in a row the both sides of an approach. If we passed the way, it will arrive at main building of a temple. This temple is one associated deeply to Kuukai which acted to the seventh century as the founder of the Shingon sect of Buddhism. There are many cults also in Buddhism, and although it is very hard to attach distinction to an amateur. We can know their difference a little by a sutra which a priest recites. Five colors under a screen have a following meaning by this religion.
White: Wisdom to discern the thing of all the world correctly
Red: Wisdom to get to know that the thing of all the world is equal
Yellow: Absolute wisdom to clarify essence of things and to unify it
Green: Wisdom to complete the thing of all the world
Purple: Wisdom which projects a thing without discrimination
It seems to very abstract for me. There is a pond in the precincts of a temple, and many carps were swimming. The aged people like worshipper were resting around it. And then, the monk had recited the sutras in front of the worshipper in main hall of temple.

In Japan, the religion has two flows greatly. One is the Buddhism which the studying-abroad priest carried in from India and China, and it's building is a temple. Another is a shrine connected strongly to an imperial family from ancient times. The both coexist even now and the power relationship has changed with times. A temple and a shrine can be seen anywhere in the country, although they vary in the size of a scale. However, it seems that there is nothing to those who understand the doctrine deeply because a funeral, a festival, worship, etc. are related to direct for people. On the other hand, believers in Christianity is partly and does not spread in Japan. This seems to influencebe to have eliminated osmosis of the sense of values which Western civilization has, in order that the past statesman(general officer) before Meiji era may protect the culture and tradition of our country.

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