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Tsukiji Honganji Temple Activity report for the second half of 2023 and main plans for 2024

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Activity report for the second half of 2023 and main plans for 2024 ~Notice from Tsukiji Honganji Temple, Jodo Shinshu Honganji School~ ……
In the second half of 2023 (September 2023 to March 2024), all events will be able to be held without restrictions due to the lowering of the number of new coronavirus infections to Category 5, and many people will be visiting the shrine grounds and main hall. is now visible.
Here we would like to report on our activities for the second half of 2023 and the main events scheduled for the first half of 2024. Next to Tsukiji Honganji Temple
[Image 1:×1099.jpg] The Religious Affairs Office, which is responsible for promoting the affairs of Tsukiji Honganji Temple, will be under a new system in August 2022, and it has been almost two years since then, and several improvement measures are still in progress. We also look to the future of Tsukiji Honganji 10, 50, and even 100 years and think about what kind of temple it should be every day.
Tsukiji Honganji Temple has been working on hardware improvements ahead of Kyoto’s missionary headquarters of the Jodo Shinshu Honganji sect and its main temple, Nishi Honganji Temple, so Kyoto is also taking the results of Tsukiji Honganji Temple as a reference and proactively adopting the points that should be adopted. It has been installed and implemented.
On the other hand, I feel that there are still some points that are lacking as a software. At Tsukiji Honganji Temple, we regularly conduct surveys on worshipers and attitudes toward Buddhism and temples, and the results are used to improve deficiencies and plan new measures. We are also actively communicating on various SNS and checking the reactions.
However, the lifeline of Tsukiji Honganji is missionary work. In modern times, I believe that what is most important is the
strengthening of “evangelism” in how to communicate and give concrete form to people’s interest in Buddhism and the significance of their faith. Real interaction with people is required, and I want to be a presence that is needed.
The Noto Peninsula Earthquake on January 1, 2024 brought about the previously unimaginable fact that it is possible to encounter a disaster on New Year’s Day. The Jodo Shinshu Honganji school dispatched staff to the site, and Tsukiji Honganji also dispatched staff. All staff share the same feeling and are working hard to provide supplies and support fundraising. Additionally, preparations for large-scale disasters are definitely necessary. Tsukiji Honganji Temple is also stockpiling and inspecting on a daily basis in order to serve as a base for supporting evacuees in the event of an emergency, but I feel that we need to draw on our past experience and knowledge to prepare so that we can accept and rely on anyone at any time. doing.
This year, from April 26th to 29th, we will be holding a memorial service to commemorate the 850th anniversary of the birth of Saint Shinran at Tsukiji Honganji Temple and the 800th anniversary of the founding of Rikkyo Buddhism. What is “Keisan Memorial Service”? 2023 marks the 850th anniversary of the birth of Shinran, the founder of Jodo Shinshu, and 2024 marks the 800th anniversary of the founding of Rikkyo, the Jodo Shinshu sect. This is a memorial service to honor the. Although this is a large memorial service that occurs once every 50 years, we believe that the most important thing is the “feeling” of celebrating and celebrating the encounter with Shinran Shonin and his teachings, and that it is not just an event. Masu.
The 90-year life of Saint Shinran is a journey that we cannot even imagine. Previously, I had the opportunity to visit Jogyodo-do Hall on Mt. Hiei, where Shinran Shonin practiced (praising the Nembutsu). I was very moved by the fact that Shinran Shonin practiced in this place and was able to breathe in the same atmosphere, and I realized that it is important for religion to share the same atmosphere, not just logic.
Tsukiji Honganji has been designed to be a place where anyone who steps into the temple grounds can feel that this is the temple of Shinran, or a space where one can simply say, “I see,” and convey one’s discovery of Buddhism. I think so.
Please feel free to visit the memorial service.

          Fumiho Nakao
Activity report for the second half of 2023 (October to March) ◆Hoonko (Hoonko)
[Image 2:×719.jpg] We held the “Hoon-ko” memorial service for the death anniversary of Shinran, the founder of the Jodo Shinshu sect, for six days from November 11th to 16th last year. Since the spread of the new coronavirus infection in 2020, the scale has been reduced or implemented with restrictions, but this year we have finally returned to our original form. Some memorial services filled the main hall, which can accommodate approximately 700 people, and live streaming on YouTube, which was introduced during the self-restraint period, was watched by more than 300 people at the same time. Thank you for your visit.
Hoon-ko is the largest annual event, and Tsukiji Honganji holds many memorial services throughout the year, including the morning service from 7 a.m. and the evening service from 4 p.m. every day. Anyone is welcome to visit, so please feel free to come and worship.
◆New Year’s Eve Party (Joyae), New Year’s Eve Gathering, New Year’s Day Party (Gantane)
[Image 3:×656.jpg]  We held the annual event during the year-end and New Year holidays again this year. The large temple bell installed in the temple’s temple bell tower was rung every year by worshipers as the “New Year’s Eve Bell,” but due to construction, the “peace bell” installed in the precincts was changed to “New Year’s Eve Bell.” It was rung as the New Year’s Eve Bell.
In addition, the annual “New Year’s calligraphy” handwritten by the head of the church was “entitled” this year. My hope is that I will be honored by the chance to attend the once-in-50-year “Memorial Ceremony in Sanctions” at the end of April.
Details regarding the memorial service are provided in this letter, so please take a look.
◆Cultural Properties Fire Prevention Day – Fire drill conducted
[Image 4:×140.jpg] A fire drill for Cultural Properties Fire Prevention Day, which was established in 1955 and celebrated its 70th anniversary this year, was held on January 26th on the grounds of Tsukiji Honganji Temple. During the fire extinguishing drill, water was sprayed from multiple hoses onto the shrine grounds, and cheers arose as the water was sprayed. The main hall and stone walls of Tsukiji Honganji Temple are designated as important cultural properties, and it was an important event to raise disaster prevention awareness not only for the staff but also for local residents who were on the tour.
In addition to disaster prevention, Tsukiji Honganji Temple also prepares for emergency situations, such as stockpiling.
Regarding the commemorative memorial service for the 850th anniversary of the birth of Saint Shinran at Tsukiji Honganji Temple and the 800th anniversary of the founding of the Rikkyo sect.

[Image 5:×977.jpg] Last year, 2023, marked the 850th anniversary of the birth of Shinran, the founder of Jodo Shinshu, and this year, 2024, marks the 800th anniversary of the establishment of Rikkyo, the founding of Jodo Shinshu.
At Nishi Honganji Temple in Kyoto, the main temple of Tsukiji Honganji Temple, a memorial service was held on March 29th last year to celebrate the 850th anniversary of the birth of Shinran Shonin and the 800th anniversary of the founding of Rikkyo Buddhism.
Finally, we will be holding a four-day memorial service at Tsukiji Honganji Temple from April 26th to 29th of this year. We also provide opportunities to connect with you in various ways, such as related projects and commemorative events. I hope that you will be able to experience this once-in-a-lifetime 50-year opportunity in various ways.
Memorial service date: April 26th (Friday) to April 29th (Monday), 2024 (Reiwa 6)
◆Tsukiji Honganji Temple memorial service special video now available
[Image 6:×134.jpg] We have created and released a special video to spread the word about the commemorative memorial service.
In this video, we asked a variety of people to share their thoughts, inspired by the words of Saint Shinran. In addition, actor Tetsuya Takeda and comedian Mihotoke talk about their encounters with Shinran Shonin and their charms.
A countdown project until the memorial service is also underway on the official Instagram.
Please watch the video and countdown and visit the memorial service. [Click here for information about the memorial service]
[Image 7:×698.jpg] Main plans planned for the first half of 2024
◆April 7th (Sunday) “Hana Festival”
The annual spring event at Tsukiji Honganji Temple is the “Hana Matsuri”. In particular, the “Chigo Parade”, in which many children, mainly white elephants, marching bands from sect schools, and monks parade through the town of Tsukiji, is so popular that advance reservations for children fill up quickly every year.
This year, a calligraphy performance by calligrapher Shoko Kanazawa is scheduled to be held. This is a first for our hospital, and you can expect a fun performance like never before, as the calligraphy is accompanied by the performance of the pipe organ, the icon of Tsukiji Honganji Temple.
In addition, we are planning lively events that everyone can enjoy, such as various experience corners for children and famous shops from Tsukiji town opening in the precincts. Although the new fiscal year has just begun, please enjoy Tsukiji Honganji’s Hanamatsuri. For details, please visit Tsukiji Honganji official website
[Image 8:×925.jpg] “Hana Matsuri” is an event commemorating Buddha’s birthday (April 8th) to rejoice in an encounter with Buddha. It is said that before giving birth to Buddha, Buddha’s mother had a dream in which she saw a white elephant enter her womb. It is also said that on the occasion of Buddha’s birth, nectar rain fell from the sky, and in honor of this, during the Hanamatsuri festival, sweet tea is poured over the birth Buddha (Shakyamuni Buddha) in Hanamido Hall to celebrate.
◆ July 31st (Wednesday) – August 3rd (Saturday) Noryo Bon Odori Festival
[Image 9:×757.jpg] Last year, the Summer Bon Dance Festival, which has become a summer tradition in Tsukiji, was held without restrictions for the first time in four years.
In 2019, the last time the event was held without restrictions, a total of approximately 80,000 people visited over the four days of the event, but last year, the total number of visitors was approximately 120,000, far exceeding that number.
Many foreign tourists were seen participating in the Bon dance, and various languages ​​were spoken, making Japan’s summer tradition an international event.
Information regarding this year’s event will be posted on Tsukiji Honganji’s official website as soon as it is decided, so please check it.
We look forward to your visit and participation.
[Image 10:×3513.jpg] About Tsukiji Honganji Temple, Jodo Shinshu Honganji School
Tsukiji Honganji is a temple of the Jodo Shinshu Honganji sect whose main temple is Honganji (Nishi Honganji) in Kyoto. The current main hall was completed in 1934. It is a unique worship facility with an exterior with an oriental atmosphere and an interior with the traditional structure of a Jodo Shinshu temple, as well as a pipe organ, chandeliers, and stained glass. The main hall and main gate were designated as national important cultural properties in 2014. Under the slogan of “An Open Temple,” we aim to create a place where everyone can easily enter and get to know each other, and there is also an information center with a cafe and shop within the precincts. Since the spread of the new coronavirus infection, we have created many opportunities for you to experience the teachings in a
non-face-to-face manner, such as receiving memorial services online and posting sermons on our YouTube channel, so please take a look at our website.
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