I would like to stay cool even a little on a hot and humid summer night?
Do you know that July 26 is "Yurei no Hi (Ghost's Day)" in Japan?
It was established after "Tokaido Yotsuya Kaidan" in Edo, and there are also many anecdotes related to ghosts in Kyoto.
It is said that there was a custom in Kyoto during the Heian period to carry dead bodies to outside of the capital and to bury them in the open air.
Typical locations are Toribeno, Adashino and Rendaino.
Around Kodai-ji Temple, which is located in the north of Toribeno, many ghosts and specters have been seen.
As a memorial service, Kodai-ji Temple and Entoku-in Temple hold the "Hyakki Yako Night Exhibition" every summer.
This year, the festival continues until August 31, and a humorous ghost lantern welcomes you inside the temple grounds.
In the hojo, two Hyakki Yako Emaki (Night Parade of One Hundred Demons), old and new owned by Kodai-ji Temple, and hanging scrolls of Jigoku Dayu by Kyosai KAWANABE, etc. are exhibited.
The sliding screen paintings of "Yo-jo Akayazu" by Chinese painter Yusen Fujii, which were dedicated last year, will also be on display around the same time.
The special night opening is scheduled from August 1 to 18th, so it is also recommended to enjoy together!
How about thinking about ghosts and monsters in Kyoto in summer?
Please check the Kodai-ji Temple official website for details.
Kodai-ji Temple official website