memorialization of dead relations) is among the most important obligations
felt by worshippers at Akakura Mountain Shrine. Many ascetics explain
that they have undertaken ascetic discipline (shugyo)
in order to memorialize a particular dead relative. Persons performing
shugyo pray to their ancestors each day in the Reido
ancestral memorialization room and offer water to the dead. Each
October, worshippers gather to perform the collective Ancestor Memorialization
(Senzo Kuyo) rite.
kuyo is especially directed towards the figure of Kannonsama
bodhisattva. Elsewhere in Tsugaru, kuyo practices are also oriented
towards the bodhisattva Jizo.
ancestors at the October memorial rite (Senzo Kuyo).