Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Gannenmono
About Byodo-In's 50th Anniversary
The Byodo-In Temple was established on June 7,1968, to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the first Japanese immigrants arrival to Hawaii 150 years ago, called Gannenmono. The Byodo-In Temple is a smaller-scale replica of the over 950-year-old Byodo-In Temple, a United Nations World Heritage Site in Uji, Japan. The Byodo-In Temple is a non-practicing Buddhist temple that welcomes people of all faiths to worship, meditate or simply appreciate its beauty.
Obon is an annual Buddhist event for commemorating one's ancestors. It's believed that each year during obon, the ancestors' spirits return to this world to visit their relatives. Traditionally, lanterns are hung in front of houses to guide the ancestors' spirits, obon dances (bon odori) are performed, graves are visited and food offerings are made at house altars and temples.
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