The Midnight Lanterns
The slightest pause will bring about the greatest effect. In the evening, the line for prayers at this temple was never ending with office workers whom just finished dinner and were on their way home. In Japan, the population concentration in the cities are very high. With these quaint and cozy pockets within the city, one may just be able to take a moment to say a prayer in the quiet.
Just off the crowded and busy streets of Dotonbori, there is a Buddhist temple called Hozenji Yokocho. It is famous for its moss-covered Fudo-myo statue, the Mizukake Fudo, where one would douse water over it prior to saying a prayer. This represents the cultured aspect of Osaka. "Cozy and quaint, lined on both sides with small food shops and cafes, it earned instant fame with Sakunosuke Oda’s novel ”Meoto Zenzai” (Sweet Bean Broth for Two)." Taken from http://www.osaka-info.jp/en/search/detail/sightseeing_1879.html
- Jon K. Stoutlager