2016 / Little Tokyo temple to open to the public to accept “Hatsumode,” the first visit, Jan. 1-3

Esoteric Buddhist fire rite “Goma” service will be held on Friday, January 1, at 10 am, 2 pm, and 4 pm at Koyasan Buddhist Temple of Los Angeles. (Courtesy of Koyasan Buddhist Temple)

Esoteric Buddhist fire rite “Goma” service will be held on Friday, January 1, at 10 am, 2 pm, and 4 pm at Koyasan Buddhist Temple of Los Angeles. (Courtesy of Koyasan Buddhist Temple)

On every New Year’s Day, over 3,000 people come to Koyasan Buddhist Temple of Los Angeles for paying their first visits to the temple or “Hatsumode” to pray their health, peaceful mind, and successful New Year.

To accept Hatsumode visitors, Koyasan Temple will be open from January 1 through 3, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

The highlight of the temple’s New Year’s ritual will be esoteric Buddhist fire rite “Goma” service on Friday, Jan. 1, at 10 am; Saturday, Jan. 2, at 10 am; and Sunday, Jan. 3, at 10 am. On Jan. 1, short prayer will be held at 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm and 4 pm. The services will be open to the public.

Bishop Junkun Imamura will be the officiant of the service and all ministers will participate in the Goma service.

The year of 2016 is the year of monkey in the Zodiac calendar.

Omikuji (fortune tellers), Hama-ya (good luck arrows), Ema (picture tablets), oma-mori (amulets) and Blessed Ofuda are available for visitors to purchase.

For more information, contact Koyasan Buddhist Temple at (213) 624-1267 or visit Face Book: Los Angeles Koyasan Buddhist Temple

Koyasan Buddhist Temple of Los Angeles is located at 342 East First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Nearest parking place is Aiso Parting Lot at the corner of 1st Street and Aiso Street (northern extension of San Pedro Street).

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