What better way to spend a fine fall evening than watching scores of five-tier pagodas parade down the street, all lit up and festooned with garlands of paper flowers? For over seven hundred years, the festival of 10,000 lanterns known as oeshiki ikegami has been happening every October at the Ikegami Hongan-ji temple to commemorate the death of Nichiren, the sect’s founder.
Despite the crowds, it’s easy to get close enough to admire these wonderful pagodas. Well worth the trek to Ikegami to watch! For information on this year’s dates and times, check out TokyoCheapo’s listing.