Wednesday, October 15, 2008

We visited a immense Buddhist temple today called Asakusa Kannon. It is Tokyo's largest Buddhist temple and was built in 1649. It was very moving to witness Buddhist rituals as people made offerings, cleansed and drank from fountains, and lit incense.

"According to a 1996 report, about 194,000,000 Japanese are members of both religions, about 54% more than the total population of Japan. Apparent by these numbers, Shinto and Buddhism are not in conflict with each other but exist peacefully together."

From: "Japan's Religions and Philosphy."10.14.2008

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