My trip to Japan continues ……..
and to see some of the statues that are only on show on these special days.
It was too much of a crush for me so I went back outside to explore the surrounds.
People burn incense and waft the smoke over themselves as a cleansing ritual before going to the temple. How I love that smell!
Others buy fortune telling cards. You pick up a metal holder with holes at one end and shake it until a rod with a number falls out. This number corresponds o to one of the drawers above – open the drawer and take out a card….
apparently there can be bad news as well as good on those cards.
I can’t help thinking that all this seems a vast distance from the simple teachings of the Buddha – what would all those prophets in all the different philosophies and religions make of how things have evolved I wonder?