I went to Matsuri (festival)!!
We got to see Omikoshi.
The Japanese (Shinto) version of the Ark of the Covenant.
They think of it as a portable God's house.They carry it around on their shoulders and only certain men can carry it. Interesting.
Every religion has truth and good.
It is wonderful to get to experience Japanese culture and religion. It really helps me see the connection.
Last week we got to visit the Big Buddha
|Orton shimai on right|
This is apparently the tallest statue in the world. It is 330 feet from its pedestal and lotus platform (which add another 66 feet to its height). It is made of bronze and weighs 4,000 tons.
Inside is a room full of small gold Buddhas. If you donate a lot of money you can get one with your name on it....the great thing is that they will put your family history in it!!!
|Combs shimai, Kinghorn shimai and Orton shimai|