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This is a Buddhist celebration.  Honen was the founder of Jodo Shu, one of the schools of Pure Land Buddhism. Honen Shonin died on January 25, 1212 and Gyoki-e takes place on this day every year to recall his virtue. The original meaning of Gyoki-e is the memorial service at the time of death of an emperor or empress. The imperial family gave authorization to use the word Gyoki-e for Honen's memorial service. From the year 1877, Gyoki-e has been taken place in April when it is warm and flowers bloom rather than in cold January.


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