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46,000 Days, Hozuki Market: An Asakusa Summer Tradition



2022.07.07 (Thu)

By Dan Lewis, long-term Japan resident & outdoor activity enthusiast.

People often make a special day out of visiting a temple to pray, but did you know you can get 46,000 days worth of “credit” just by visiting Sensoji Temple in Asakusa on July 10th? If that sounds like a good deal, keep reading!

Introducing Asakusa's summer tradition "46,000 days, Hozuki Market." Hozuki, a popular ornamental “lantern plant”, is used for decorating, and was even once believed to provide protection against illness. Now, it is a representative plant of summer in Japan, and every July, Asakusa becomes the home of Hozuki Market, one of many summer traditions held in Taito City.

At Sensoji Temple, it is said that July 10th is the most meritable day of the year, and worth 46,000 days, so worshippers who pray on this day receive 46,000 days worth of blessings! While one would surely consider a regular visitor of any temple as a true believer, it would be a shame to waste such an opportunity to curry favor with the gods!

The Hozuki Market is held annually on July 9th and 10th. During this time, many street vendors will open their stalls, with the Hozuki, or lantern plant, stalls in the center. Not only can you complete a lifetime's (just over 126 years) worth of temple prayer in one shot, but you can enjoy shopping at the variety of outdoor stalls at the same time!

July 10th is just around the corner! You’ll want to make plans now to visit Taito City and enjoy this fun summer tradition! For more information on what else you can find at this event, please use the following link.

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