Bishop Emeritus Taisen Miyata and all the staff priests conduct the fire rite of the new year, this time the Year of the Snake (Hebi-doshi or Mi-doshi), according to the esoteric Shingon Buddhist tradition.
Various omamori (amulets), hamaya (good luck arrows), omikuji (fortune-telling strips), ema (wooden wish plaques), and consecrated ofuda (talismans) are available to visitors on the occasion of Hatsumode, which means the year’s first visit to a temple for prayer.
Located at 342 E. First St. between San Pedro and Central, the temple opens to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the first three days of the year. More than 3,000 visitors are expected. For further information, call (213) 624-1267 or visit www.koyasanbetsuin.org.