Do you know where the Japanese oldest Buddhist temple is? There is it in the center of Osaka. (It’s not in Kyoto.)
Shitenno-ji Temple in Tennoji-ku of Osaka is the Japanese oldest Buddhist templea along with Asuka temple of Nara. And this temple is one of the temples which Prince Shotoku built.
Because this temple is broken several times, the main temple and the center cathedral was rebuilt.
There are many denominations in Buddhism, but Shitenno-ji Temple is a temple of the situations that is not particular about the denomination.
- Daishie (大師会)
- Highlights of Shitenno-ji Temple
- Shoryoe (spirits’ festival)
- Market of Shitenno-ji Temple
- How to get to Shitenno-ji Temple.
“Daishie” is held in Shitenno-ji Temple on 21st, in addition, “Taishie” is held on 22nd.
(Daishie is an anniversary of a death of the initiators of the Shingon Buddhism called Kukai.)
(Taishie is an anniversary of a death of Prince Shotoku.)
Center cathedral is opened free for these two days. (Admission fee is 300 yen on a general day.)
The building of Shitenno-ji Temple is dyed with cinnabar red. It’s so beautiful and is luxurious.d(*ﾟーﾟ*)
Because April 22 is an anniversary of a death of Prince Shotoku, the special Buddhist memorial service called “Shoryoe (spirits’ festival)” is held.
This Buddhist memorial service lasts 1,400 years and is appointed in Japanese important formlessness folk cultural assets.
A dance and the program of the Buddhist memorial service are performed on that day for half day from the early afternoon to the evening.
・Bugaku dance during the Shoryoe memorial service for Prince Shotoku. 振鉾（Initial purification dance music）
・Bugaku dance during the Shoryoe memorial service for Prince Shotoku. 蘇利古（Dance of square mask of imperial court music）
・Bugaku dance during the Shoryoe memorial service for Prince Shotoku. 承和楽（Ancient Japanese court music and dance）
the nearest station of Shitenno-ji Temple is the subway Tanimachi Line Shitennoji-mae Yuhigaoka or JR Tennoji Station.
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