BLOGLiterary Calendar2020.12.25

"Kuya Odori Yuyaku Nenbutsu" at Rokuharamitsu-ji Temple

It was founded in 951 by Kuya Shonin "Rokuharamitsu-ji Temple".

I introduce "Kuya Yuyaku-nenbutsu", a traditional event of December.

It is said that the origin of Odori Nenbutsu is the Buddhist invocation performed by Kuya Shonin to pray for the elimination of the infectious disease that was prevalent in Kyoto at that time.

In the Kamakura period, there was suppression of Nenbutsu by the shogunate, and it was practiced strictly as a secret ceremony.

Even after the crackdown was lifted, he was not seen by the public as a "hidden invocation".

It was finally opened to the public in 1975, and it was designated as an important intangible folk cultural property of the country.

The fushimawashi (intonation) in which the chief priest chants Nenbutsu while dancing beating a gong has not changed since the time of Kuya Shonin.

I admire the successive chief priests who have kept the Hoto (the teachings of Buddhism) for 800 years since Kamakura period.

The style of Nenbutsu is unique in that it is not "Namuamidabutsu" but "Moo-daa-naa-maitoo" that is chanted in chorus.

This Nenbutsu is also famous for its Fushimawashi (intonation), in which the head priest chants Nenbutsu while dancing, beating a gong.

Another characteristic of Nenbutsu is that it does not have a fixed end so that people can stop and withdraw at any time.

Even now, it is held quietly in the evening, and I can feel the remnants of the time when people could not recite nenbutsu openly.

Now is the time for the Corona disaster to repent one year's sins and pray for the eradication of epidemics and happiness in the new year.

"Kuya Odori Yuyaku Nenbutsu" is held every day from December 13 to 31st at 16 o'clock in the main hall.

However, it is not open to the public on the 31st, so visitors must leave by the 30th.

Don't forget to take all possible measures against infectious diseases, and the main hall gets cold so don't forget to take cold protection measures.

Rokuharamitsu-ji Temple
Yamato-oji-agaru, Gojo-dori Street, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City
7 minutes walk from Keihan Kiyomizu-gojo Station

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