Giant Buddha cleaned for Bon festival
NHK -- Aug 07
A famous statue of the Great Buddha in the ancient capital of Nara in western Japan has been cleaned up in an annual mid-summer ritual.

The Buddha at Todaiji temple is dusted off every year on August 7th, before the start of the Bon festival when people pay their respects to their ancestors.

On Sunday, about 180 priests and workers climbed onto the Buddha's hands and head to dust and polish.

The statue is 15 meters tall, so some workers were raised in baskets suspended from the ceiling to clean the statue's face and shoulders. The hall housing the Buddha soon filled up with dust.

東大寺大仏殿(奈良市)で8月7日、「奈良の大仏」として知られる本尊・盧舎那仏坐像(るしゃなぶつざぞう、国宝)の1年のほこりをはらい清める「お身拭い」が行われ、白装束の僧侶や関係者ら約180人が丁寧にほこりを落とした。
News source: NHK
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