NIPPON Kichi - 日本吉

2008/6/10

定義如来夏祭り Jouge-nyorai-natsu-matsuri The Summer Festival at Jogi Nyorai

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The summer festival is held on the 1st Saturday of August every year at Jogi Nyorai Saihoji Temple in Okura, Aoba-ku, Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture. Located in the heart of mountains near the border of Yamagata Prefecture, it is a stately and historic temple with the formal seven structures and the huge precinct.

At the end of the Heian period, Taira no Sadayoshi, a loyal retainer of the Taira clan, secretly moved to this location and changed his name Sadayoshi to Jogi because he wanted to hide himself from his enemies. When Sadayoshi passed away in 1198, his servants and followers built a small temple beside his graveyard and enshrined the Amida Buddha’s scroll in the temple according to his will.

The summer festival in August is held to appease the soul of Sadayoshi. The parade of mikoshi (portable shrine) and dedication of performing arts are held during the day, while beautiful fireworks are shot up into the darkness of the sky at night. The five-storied pagoda against colorful illumination of the fireworks looks fantastically beautiful.

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address
1 Aza-Joge, Okura, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture 989-3213
name
Jogi Nyorai Saihoji Temple
phone
022-393-2011
hp
http://www.johgi.or.jp/




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