The tour will be guided by Rev. Jiko Nakade and Clear Houn Englebert. The history and meaning of the objects in and around the temple will be explained, as well as the architectural features of the building. A similar tour was held several years ago and is back by popular demand.
Both newcomers and old-timers have questions about the unique things the temple contains. What is the origin of the two crests (mon) that are standardly used in Sotoshu? Why does an incense burner have three legs? What are the little dangly things that hang from the main light fixture? The symbolism of the objects and their design is often a reminder of a Dharma lesson. Those lessons will be expounded in the tour so that being at the temple can be more meaningful. And after the tour the gift shop will be open.