Did you know?: Spring and Buddha in Japan

by Shoji Kudaka
Stripes Okinawa

For many Japanese, celebrating flower festivals in the spring is more important than Christmas. On April 8, Buddhists celebrate the birthday of Sakyamuni, founder of Buddhism by commemorating the compassion and enlightenment of Buddha (literally, the  Enlightened One). Buddhist temples in the nation place the statue of Baby Buddha in a small chapel decorated with flowers and visitors pour sweet tea over the statue with a ladle.

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