Aoba Matsuri at Koboji
Every June, faithful members donate fresh flowers and string lei to offer to Kobo Daishi on the occasion of his birth.
Before the Aoba Matsuri service, a short service is held in the temple courtyard before the statue of Shugyo Daishi, (Kobo Daishi during his training).
Following the Shugyo Daishi service, members proceed to the upstairs temple hall for the Aoba Matsuri service. During this service, sweet tea is poured over a statue of a young Kobo Daishi.
Aoba Matsuri is a joyful service dedicated to our Lord Kobo Daishi. In 2023, Koboji celebrates the 1,250th anniversary of his birth.
About Aoba Matsuri
In the Spring season with the fragrance of green leaves, it was the month of June of Hoki 5 (744 CE), that Odaishisama was born. When we celebrate his birthday, we cannot help but feel grateful of being able to encounter Odaishisama.
In our modern society, where changes occur, we have lost a solid sense of value. When the twenty-first century is around the corner, people cannot predict what will happen tomorrow. People are seeking hope, courage, and heart-touching experience, while ach of them exist in deep solitude. Odaishisama teaches us that everything on the Earth is an expression of the one Llife force and everything is interdependent. We are supported by many Life forces, and we share our joy and sorrow with it.
We should not forget that we are always with Odaishisama, however lonely we may feel. On the day of Aoba Matsuri, in the season when the fragrance of wind is nice, we quietly feel comfort, in our heart, through the teaching of being with Odaishisama, "Dogyo Ninin".