Photographer's Note

This photograph is taken in Nishiarai Daishi in Nishi-Arai, Adachi-ku, Tokyo. This temple is a temple of the Buzan Sect of Shingon Buddhism. As Kūkai(Kōbō Daishi) is the Kanto pilgrimage, it is supposed that it starts to have built this temple in A.D. 826. It is counted by one of three Kanto Daishi as well Kawasaki Daishi, Kampuku-ji, and it is crowded with the visitor of the first visit to a temple in the annual New Year. Many worshippers/visitors are coming here by being the New Year on that day, and the souvenir shop and the roadside stand were presenting activity to the both sides of the approach which leads in Hondo(Main Hall). In Hondo, the chief priests wished charm against misfortunes and better luck prayer in front of many believers, and sutra recitation was performed. Moreover, there was a big hanging bell in one corner of the precincts of a temple, and the visitor put prayer in order and had struck the bell.

1. The priests who recite sutras: workshops
2. The worshippers/visitors of the precincts in a temple: workshops
3. About Buddhism
There are two flows in Buddhism greatly now. One is Theravada Buddhism that only the priest who forsook the world and got severe thorough training realizes spiritual enlightenment, and is saved. It has spread in Sri Lanka, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Buma etc. Another is Mahāyāna Buddhism which hopes to relieve not only an ordination-into-priesthood person but the others and does self-trains. This has spread in Bangladesh, Vietnam, China, Tibet, South Korea, and Japan.

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