Shoju Raiko Nerikuyoeshiki 聖衆来迎練供養会式 Nara (May)
The high priest Eshin Sozu began Shoju Raiko Nerikuyoeshiki in 1005, to mark the anniversary of the death of Chujo Hime who died at the age of 29. She was the Nara period princess known for embroidering a mandala of the Pure Land of Amitabha Buddha in one night, using lotus thread. The ceremony consists of the preaching of Buddhist teachings at the temple, and a memorial service for the deceased. A procession is held, in which participants are disguised as the Bodhisattvas coming to welcome the spirit of the dead. Nerikuyo ceremonies in Japan are said to have started here. When the sun starts to set over Mt. Nijo, the parade of Kannon and other deities accompanied by 25 Bodhisattvas is a magnificent sight, and people pray for peace in their lives.
Taima dera, Katsuragi City, Nara
From Shin-Osaka, go to Tennoji station on the JR line / Underground, then walk to Osaka-Abenobashi station on Kintetsu line, then go to Taimadera station (approx. 35 min.), then walk 15 min.
From Tokyo/Nagoya, exit Nishi-Meihan Expressway at Kashiba interchange, then drive 5km on the National Route 168 to south (approx. 20 min.)
From Osaka, exit Minami-Hanna Road at Katsuragi interchange, then drive 2.5 km on the Prefectural Route 30 to north (approx. 10 min.)