Zoshigaya Kishimojindo (雑司ケ谷鬼子母神堂), located in Toshima-ku, Tokyo, is a Nichiren Buddhist temple which is a 5-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line Zoshigaya Station or Toden Arakawa Line Kishimojin-mae Station. For details about this temple, see the article on Zoshigaya Kishimojindo Temple.
The largest event at this temple is the Oeshiki annually held from October 16 through 18.
Oeshiki at Zoshigaya Kishimojindo
The Oeshiki is an event widely practiced at Nichiren Buddhist temples to commemorate the death of sect founder Nichiren (1222-1282).
The Oeshiki at Zoshigaya Kishimojindo, held annually from October 16 to 18, is a large one probably second only to the Oeshiki held at Ikegami Honmonji Temple in Tokyo.
On the evening of Oct 16, mando floats parade on their own to offer prayers to the temple in the evening.
On the evening of Oct 17, more than twenty mando floats gather at Seido Kishimojindo ([MAP] at 7:30pm and march on to the Zoshigaya Kishimojindo, arriving there at around 8pm.
The highlight of this festival is on the last day (Oct 18). From the east side of JR Ikebukuro Station, more than twenty mando floats start proceeding toward the temple at 7pm. On their way to the temple, many more mando floats join in the procession, often taking until midnight for all the participants to reach the temple.
A mando is a float which resembles a Buddhist pagoda in shape. It is decorated with papar flowers and illuminated at night. When proceeding, it is accompanied by matoi flags and dongs and uchiwa-daiko drums.
The procession routes of Oct 17th and 18th are identical every year. The blue line is the route for 17th and the red is for 18th.