The Shuni-e (commonly called Omizutori) ceremony has been held at Todaiji Temple in Nara since the Nara Period (710-784).
Although the large torches that shower sparks on people are famous, they are simply meant to lead the monks to the temple hall. The monks pray for the happiness of all living things and go through the cycle of penitence and prayer.
The Yomiuri ShimbunIn the world of yakuzen medicinal cuisine, tofu is categorized as a food that "cools down the body." Hiyayakko cold tofu is a typical dish in which to enjoy this product, but increasing your repertoire will help you better remove heat from your body. Cook Hiromi Takeuchi, who holds the qualification of international Chinese medical dietitian, shares cool tofu recipes.
Takeuchi explained the reason tofu is suited to surviving hot days. "In the world of Chinese medicinal cuisine, the characteristics of foods are classified into five categories — cold, cool, neutral, warm and hot. Tofu, which is included in the cool category, is said to have the effect of removing heat from the body," she said.
Tomi Matsuba has been advocating a "lifestyle with roots" from Iwami Ginzan, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Oda, Shimane Prefecture.
The 67-year-old designer of the clothing brand Gungendo also renovates traditional-style old houses and writes books emphasizing the wisdom of time-honored ways of life.