make a jyuzu Buddhist prayer bracelet in a workshop at the temple

Bead Bracelet Making at Housho-in Temple

shodoshima island, kagawa prefecture, visitwestjapan
Photograph | Kenji Chida

 

Try bead bracelet making at Housho-in Temple. With advanced registration, you can make a jyuzu Buddhist prayer bracelet in a workshop at the temple. They supply all the materials you need to translate your sense of style into a spiritual yet fashionable bracelet.

The master priest at Housho-in explains that these bracelets have a specific function. In the past, monks, priests and acolytes used to actually count individual beads taken from a vessel as they recited sutras or chanted. Rosary and later bracelets developed from the idea of making the entire process portable.

The rosary used in the Shingon school of Buddhism have two sets of 54 beads strung together with two branches of counter beads at either end. The idea is that the worshiper can keep count of his or her prayer up to a maximum of ten thousand times.

The bead bracelet not only an ultra-portable reminder of your vows as a Buddhist, but is also a fun accessory. You can make one at the temple under the guidance of an instructor, selecting from the many beads that they have on offer.

Decide on your motif and just go for it. The signature bead is made from the wood of the olive tree, but there is a wide selection, including onyx and tiger’s eye. You get one free large bead but the others are priced from 100-200 yen each, so keep that in mind when making your selection.

The number of beads you need depends on your wrist size, but it generally runs from 19-26. This workshop is open to everyone and is very popular with elementary school children. They enjoy making their own bracelets from scratch and adding beads as they grow. Kids as young as seven regularly participate.

Access: Take the bus bound for Okayama Port (Shin-Okayama-Ko) from JR Okayama Station. Take the ferry bound for Tonosho Port from Okayama Port. Housho-in Temple is about a 10-minute taxi ride or a 40-minute walk from Tonosho Port.

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