Sunday, April 1, 2012
We went to Nikko city today just to see the nice views that the World heritage site has to offer.
It was snowing!!!
Cherry blossoms are far behind in Nikko... It will take about two more weeks until the Shrines and Temples are decorated with pink petals...
April 1st is the anniversary of Monk Sho-do (勝道上人)'s death. He was the pioneer who initially started developing Nikko into a religious center. The ceremony took place at Kaizando Hall (開山堂). Since he was a Buddhist monk and Kaizando Hall belongs to Rinnoji temple (輪王寺), the ceremony called Kaizan e (開山会) is organized by monks from Rinnoji.
Lotus sudra (法華経) chanted by 80 monks was the prayer to mark this occasion.