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Urabon Service: Urabon-e

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Urabon Service: Urabon-e

One day, a disciple of the Buddha, Mokuren Sonja, exercising his supernatural powers, saw his mother in agony after falling into the realm of hungry ghosts. She was hung upside down. When he asked the Buddha if there was a way to save his mother, the Buddha said, “When many monks finish their summer practices on July 15th, you should offer them food and drink. Then your mother will be saved by that merit,'' he preached.

(Urabon Sutra: Urabongyo)



Based on the story of the Urabon Sutra, it is now held every year in July (or in August in some regions) as an ancestral memorial service. On July 13th, people lit a fire to welcome the ancestors from the Pure Land to their homes, make Shoryodana (an Urabon altar) in the house to welcome their ancestors, offering a feast to them. On the night of July 15th, a bonfire is lit to send their ancestors back to the Pure Land. One of the temple's three major ancestral memorial services.

・Held every year on July 13th: Urabon-e service starts at 11:00 a.m.

・During the Obon period (13th to 15th), the front doors of the main prayer hall are open for visitors to pray.

​Buddhist ceremonies

Segakie (Ancestral Ceremony)

One of the temple's three major ancestral memorial services

Held every year on May 23rd: a sermon starts at 1:00 p.m.; Segaki memorial service at 2:00 p.m.

Urabon Service: Urabon-e

One of the temple's three major ancestral memorial services.

Held every year on July 13th: Urabon-e memorial service starts at 11:00 a.m.

During Obon period (from the 13th to 15th), the front doors of the main prayer hall are open for visitors to pray.

Jyuyae (Ten-Night Chanting Nembutsu Service)

One of the temple's three major ancestral memorial services.

・Held in mid-November​. Ten-Night Chanting Nembutsu Service starts at 2:00 p.m.

O-higan, an equinox day memorial service (Spring/Autumn)

During the equinoctial week, the front doors of the main prayer hall are open for visitors to pray.

Hanamatsuri(Flower Festival: The Buddha’s Birthday)

Hanamatsuri is an event to celebrate the Buddha's birthday. The “Migawari Jizoson” and “Shokan Yakushi” handed down in this temple will be unveiled once a year at this occasion.

Sweet tea will be served.

Tōunji Temple, a Jodo Shu religious institution

〒168-0062

2-5-4 Honan, Suginami-ku, Tokyo 

Phone/Fax:

03-3316-5801

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Please kindly note that we are not able to accommodate any inquiry or request made in English.

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