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Tokyo - Festival of Flowers at Zōjō-ji Temple

This picture is taken on the grounds of the Zōjō-ji Temple, the head temple of the Jodo sect of Japanese Buddhism in the Kanto Region.

I had decided to visit this temple without knowing that the same day something special was celebrated.
All the attendees in the temple and in its garden were very busy and all attention was paid to small children in colourful attire.

Later Takero explained me that Buddha's birth was celebrated and on that occasion the Zōjō-ji Temple held the 践ana Matsuri or 'Festival of Flowers'.

During the festival, small shrines decorated with flowers and a baby Buddha figurine bathed in sweet tea are displayed in front of the temple.
Another symbol of Hana Matsuri is the parade with children in fancy clothes pulling a papier-m稍h white elephant.

I liked the pose of this child when his mother took a picture of him. On a photo in the workshop he takes a slightly different and daring pose :) and you find there also a family picture.

The information comes from Takero Kawabata and from : http://gvlt.wordpress.com/2014/06/20/hana-matsuri-at-zojo-ji/

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