Shitennoji Urabon-e Mantou Kuyo
四天王寺 うら盆会 万燈供養
10,000 Candle Memorial Service for Obon
|Paper candles being burned with the five story pagoda in the background.|
You can see Harukasu, Japan's tallest office building, in the background.
|Tsuri-dor0, hanging lanterns.|
Notice the emblem of the 8-spoke wheel.
|Lanterns with paper streamers.|
|Ropes covered with paper prayers and lanterns reflecting in the turtle pond.|
|Reflection in the turtle pond.|
|Nice colors in this one-second-exposure. Set up with a tripod and timer delay.|
|Incense burner in front of Shitennoji Temple.|
The Obon lanterns are a temporary feature. The floodlights continue to illuminate the pagoda in the inner courtyard for some time after the doors are closed.
|A rope connects the shakujo of the statue with the heavy shakujo in the forground.|
Shaking the shakujo (metal staff with rings) can can cause ringing in both staffs.
|Temple patrons purchase miniature figures of a Buddhist monk which sit on this shelf with the name of the sponsoring patron underneath.|
|There is time after sunset when the temple is only lit by candle light.|
|Temple visitors pray for their ancestors during Obon,|
|A graveyard with a chinowa, purification wreath, setup in front of a temple building.|
In the foreground there is a stone post mark "hyakku dou mawari" which have a spinning wheel meant to be turned 100 times.
|Long rows of lanterns ring the inner courtyard of the temple.|
|The flood lights are only lit from 8:30-10pm.|
|Lanterns hung under the eaves of the temple.|
|The inner courtyard of Shitennoji Temple.|
|The heat from all of these candles feels intense.|
|Paper prayer candles that burn quickly and intensely.|