Saturday, August 6, 2011
The fudogawa fudoudou in Fudogawa, Koto ward, Tokyo, is a branch of Naritasan Shingon buddhism temple.
At the beginning of the Edo period, Kabuki actor Danjuro Ichikawa (the founder of Kabuki’s Ichikawa family, now in the 12th generation) performed exceptionally as Acala in a hit play, as a result, paying a religious visit to Acala at the Naritasan temple to improve one’s fortune become popular among the people in Tokyo. In 1703 a special religious display from Naritasan was held at the former eidai temple, marking the beginning of the Fudogawa temple.
This year the temple has just completed the construction of the new hall, a modern building with a mantra to Acala in Sanskrit written around the building façade.
As in the Naritasan temple, there is a fire ritual held everyday, with the first part of the ceremony held outside the temple. Unfortunatelly photographs are not allowed inside, so you will have to visit the temple to witness the ceremony.
The new building is connected to the old one, creating a striking contrast, and a bold statement from this very conservative temple.
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