10 Mar 2015

 

Priests swing torches

in order to pray for the peace and security of a nation. It has been observed without interruption since 752. That is, this is the 1264th year of the historic festival.
 It is a severe training held annually from March 1 through 14.  Priests pray to Kannon Bosatsu with 11 faces enshrined at this hall for world peace and forgivenss for people's sins.

Syuni-e at Nigatsudo of Todaiji Temple (video)

Syuni-e at Nigatsudo of Todaiji Temple (video)Syuni-e at Nigatsudo of Todaiji Temple (video)

 

Syuni-e (Main Event)

is that 10 out of 11 priests called "Rengyoshu" hold up kago-torches with a length of 6 meters and a weight of 80 kg go up stone stairs and run on the corridor with a torch. It is held for about 20 minutes from 7 PM.

Please check  The Ancient Capital of Nara : Todaiji Temple Kasuga Shrine and Kofukuji Temple.

Syuni-e at Nigatsudo of Todaiji Temple (video)Syuni-e at Nigatsudo of Todaiji Temple (video)Syuni-e at Nigatsudo of Todaiji Temple (video)

 

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