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What is Kohgen?

English Kohgen started an event in September of 2011 that centered on Buddhism and music. The impetus for this was the Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami that devastated northeastern Japan half a year before, killing more than 15,000 people. That tragedy had a profound effect on the psyche of many Japanese people, and the organizers started this event with the hopes of, from a base in Tokyo, providing some sort of way to support people by giving them an opportunity to re-examine different facets of traditional Japanese culture. From that point on, we have wanted the young people who continue to fight desperately for Japan, for the people affected by this disaster, for themselves, to turn off everything and just relax, even if only for a single moment. We want to be the source of an important goal that people can aim for when they break away from the noise and turn inward to face themselves. That is the hope from which Kohgen began, and year by year, Kohgen has grown ever bigger, with more than 2000 people attending last year’s festival. Although the event sites are temples and shrines, and the organizers themselves are young Buddhist priests in the Tokyo metropolitan area, Kohgen is not a religious festival. It is a festival for all people who are interested in traditional Japanese culture but don’t necessarily have the opportunity to experience it in their daily lives, including young Japanese who have a tendency to drift away from “traditional” Japanese things and foreign residents and visitors to Japan. We feel that what really makes this festival special is the spirit of cooperation between temples and shrines, and between Buddhist and Shinto priests that transcends religious and denominational divides. It is this very spirit of cooperation that the world can and should learn from. With the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on the horizon, the organizers are hoping to make this a truly international event. From zazen (zen meditation) to ikebana (flower arrangement), from nembutsu (prayer chanting) to shodo (calligraphy), Kohgen is an occasion for anyone and everyone to rediscover the richness and uniqueness of what Japan has to offer. To reserve the tickets from here! * First-come-first-serve basis

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