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Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010

Higashi-Honganji Temple turns to first new bell in 400 years

KYOTO (Kyodo) A Kyoto temple recently replaced a 400-year-old bell to commemorate the 750th anniversary of the death of Shinran, the founder of the temple's Buddhist sect.

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Ring in the new: Monks at Higashi-Honganji Temple in Kyoto strike a new 4.5-ton bell for the first time Sunday. KYODO PHOTO

The old bell of Higashi-Honganji Temple, cast in 1604, was one of the few surviving items from when the temple first opened in 1602.

The temple of the Shinshu Oni sect was destroyed by fire several times in the past, and the current buildings date back to 1895.

The new 4.5-ton bell is 2.65 meters high and 1.6 meters in diameter. It was donated by a caster in Higashiomi, Shiga Prefecture. Monks held a ceremony to strike the bell for the first time Sunday.

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