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Oeshiki (Memorial Service of Nichiren Shonin)
This traditional event has been held annually from October 16 to 18, around the time of the anniversary of Nichiren's death, since the Kyowa and Bunka-Bunsei eras (the early 1800s).

A procession moves toward Kishimojin, with participants striking uchiwa daiko drums and raising three- to four-meter tall mando lanterns festooned with white washi paper flowers. This magical evening memorial procession, with its unique rhythm of loud uchiwa daiko drums and mando lanterns, is a must-see.

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A procession of local festival association members proceeds through local neighborhoods and pays homage at Kishimojin.
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Twenty-five local festival organizations gather at Seido Kishimojin in Mejirodai, Bunkyo-ku and set off at 7:30 p.m. They proceed down Shinobazu and Mejiro Avenues and then arrive at Kishimojin around 8 p.m.
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Twenty-five local festival organizations gather in front of Seibu Department Store on the east exit side of Ikebukuro Station. The line waiting for departure extends to around the midway point of Green Avenue. Setting off at 7 p.m., the procession is joined by around 10 festival associations from other areas at the Meiji Avenue entrance to the west approach to Kishimojin, and the memorial procession stretches even longer. It then proceeds down Mejiro Avenue from Chitose Bridge and along the approach to Kishimojin, joined by many more groups along the way. The lead group arrives at Kishimojin at around 8 p.m., but the last groups sometimes don't arrive until midnight.

The things to see are the approach to the hall as the procession gradually lengthens and, above all, the destination itself, Kishimojin's precincts. Numerous refreshment stands, as well as carnival side show attractions, which are rarely seen these days, line the grounds, and you can enjoy the sensation of going back in time and the uplifting festival mood.

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Visit the Kishimojin home page for more information. (Only in Japanese)
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