Otani Mausoleum Flower bed

Otani Mausoleum (Otani Sobyo) Flower bed (Japanese Calligraphy)

Location: Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto


Otani Mausoleum (Higashi-honganji Temple website)

Otani Sobyo belongs to the Otani school of Shin sect. It is the mausoleum of its founder, Shinran Shonin, and a holy site for believers. So, every day many people visit and offer flowers to show respect for Shinran’s virtue.

At the mausoleum, many Buddhist services are held, including Houonko, sermons to learn the teachings of Shinran, the lantern festival, and the “Flower Festival” to celebrate the birth of Buddha/Shinran.  

In one of the Buddhist services is called “Hanamoji Dendo”, at which letters are made using flowers offered at the mausoleum, and the explanation of the word they create is circulated, so that more visitors can feel closer to the words of Buddha. This service is held four times a year, on the spring and autumn equinox, Uranbone in August, the end and beginning of the year. Our company is cooperating in holding this service, wishing visitors to have more opportunities to know Buddha’s words and teachings through it. The flowers used for Hanamoji are later composted and distributed to visitors who want them.