Experience Traditional Japanese Culture Through Buddhism at Kohgen Festival in Meguro & Nakameguro

23.April.2018 | SPOT

Kohgen is a festival focused on Buddhism held at shrines and temples in Japan where people can experience traditional Japanese culture. The next events are set to take place at Shokakuji Temple in Nakameguro on May 5 and Ryusenji TempleGohyakurakanji Temple and Banryuji Temple in Meguro on May 6.



Kohgen works towards allowing people to feel the true essence and root of Japan’s rich culture. The festival takes place over a huge distance every year, with 2018 marking its eighth run.


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On Saturday May 5 at Shokakuji Temple, there will be performances from young rakugo entertainers in their 20s and 30s in the main hall, a chance to hear three priests chanting Buddhist sutras, and a string of experienced-based workshops like making goshuincho shrine and temple stamp books, ascetic practices and more.


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On Sunday May 6 in Meguro, there’ll be a talk show by a Buddhist picture artists at Ryusenji Temple, an opportunity to learn about philosophy with a chief priest at Gohyakurakanji Temple, and ikebana flower arranging, calligraphy, and a viola performance at Banryuji Temple. There’s plenty more scheduled too, with each temple having its own particular events.


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Also, for 2018, those who haven’t bought tickets can enter the festival too. There are free events happening at the tent area, and a catering area where you can enjoy food.


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In addition, ghost story telling priest Daiun Miki has also been invited to Shokakuji Temple in Nakameguro. He’ll be telling one of his ghost stories.


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For more details on this fun-packed festival, make sure to check the official Kohgen website.




Venues: Shokakuji Temple / Ryusenji Temple / Gohyakurakanji Temple / Banryuji Temple



May 4, 2018 @ Shokakuji Temple (Festival Eve: 19:00-21:00)

May 5, 2018 @ Shokakuji Temple (09:00-20:00)

May 6, 2018 @ Ryusenji Temple / Gohyakurakanji Temple / Banryuji Temple (09:00-19:00)


Price: Free Entry / ¥2,000-¥6,500 (tax incl.) for each workshop and course

No. of People: Different for each workshop and course

Applications: Via “Peatix” online ticket application



Shokakuji Temple: 3-1-6 Nakameguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo

Ryusenji Temple: 3-20-26, Shita-Meguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo

Gohyakurakanji Temple: 3-20-11, Shita-Meguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo

Banryuji Temple: 3-4-4, Shita-Meguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo



Website: http://kohgen.org/