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<!–:en–>Visit the temple "Zenko-ji"<!–:–><!–:ja–>善光寺お参り<!–:–>

I visited the temple “Zenko-ji” on the “Gokaicyou” (publishing term once in 7 years).

What is Zenko-ji?

It”s a short trip to Nagano where my sister”s family are living and to meet my neice and nephews.

Several milion people visits  there for this event and we  had to line up to see the Budda statues watchable only once in 7 years before 4:00 AM!

I usually wake up late so still feel asleep…( )

I was amazed that Japanse are so attracted by  answered prays.

Bofore watching the statues, we also standed in another line to get  the pray by high ranked Buddihist monk (below).

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After that, we watched the main statues named “Zenritu-Sanzo” (I don”t remember the right name) and  ate “Oyaki”  (baked bread with some meat and vesitables in it,  below),  and retuned to my sister”s house and took a short sleep.(- – )

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Additonally, about foreigners, there are not so many.

I recently feel that so many foreigners are getting increased in such a old Japanese sightseeing spots, but this time almost Japanese.

Is this  kind of customs which is  standing in a row  in midnight or early moring only to see  old Buddta statues particular to Japanese?