Experience the Religions and Cultures of Japan at Kohgen Festival (Apr.29-May5)

Kohgen, the world’s largest festival of Japanese traditional cultures including Shintoism and Buddhism will be held in Nihonbashi in Tokyo from April 29 to May 5, 2016.

Over 100 workshops will be held in Nihonbashi area from zazen (zen meditation) to ikebana (flower arrangement), from nembutsu (prayer chanting) to shodo (calligraphy). They will be held in Kanda Myojin Shrine, Zojoji Temple, and other venues around Nihonbashi area. Some of those workshops are free and some require tickets to be purchased.

The event Kohgen is organized by young Buddhist priests in the Tokyo metropolitan area. The event started in 2011 after the Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami with the hopes to provide some support to the people affected by the disaster by giving opportunities to experience the traditional Japanese culture to calm their mind and relax. The event is growing bigger year by year; over 2000 people participated in the last year’s festival.

This year, there will be two workshops/programs conducted in English. For the details, please visit the official website of the event.

1. Zen Meditation @ Zojoji Temple

Zen Meditation

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Zen Meditation

Date: May 5, Thursday
Time: 2:00pm-2:45pm
Venue: Zojoji Temple
Ticket: 2000 yen
Capacity: 50 pax

2. Discover Zojoji Temple

Discover-Zojoji-temple

Discover-Zojoji-temple

Date: May 5, Thursday
Time: 4:00pm-5:45pm
Venue: Zojoji Temple
Ticket: 2000 yen
Capacity: 60 pax

 

Also, Shomyo live (Japanese Buddhist chant) is a recommended program for the foreign tourists.

Date & Time: 4/30 18:30-20:20, 5/01 18:30-20:20, 5/02 18:00-20:20
Venue: Nihonbashi MITSUI Hall in Coredo Muromachi 1
Ticket: 2000 yen
Capacity: 640 pax

Shomyo

Shomyo

Official Website

For the details of the event and to reserve the tickets, please visit the official website of the event.
English page is available.
Kogen

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