REVEREND TOSHIYUKI Umitani, Resident Minister at Mō’ili’ili Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, will be the guest speaker at the Gotan-e (Shinran Shonin, our founder’s birthday) Service, which will be held on Sunday, May 12, beginning at 9 a.m.

Gotan-e celebrates the birth of the father of Jodo Shinshu, Shinran Shonin. He founded the Jodo Shinshu or Pure Land Buddhism for the ordinary people. Buddhism has been in existence in Japan since it was first introduced in the middle of the 6th century. At that time, Buddhism was somewhat of an aristocratic religion. The Buddhist monasteries were restricted to the noble people and isolated from the ordinary people. Shinran Shonin founded the religion for ordinary people.

Gotan-e means “coming down birthday gathering.” Another name for this occasion is Fujimatsuri (wisteria festival). The double-wisteria crest is the temple crest of Wailuku Hongwanji Buddhist Temple. The pendant of wisteria blossoms suggests humility and sincere reverence to Amida.