Starting this Saturday 06-Feb and running through Valentine’s Day, Sunday 14-Feb, the huge Zenkoji Temple in Nagano City will be lit up in Olympic colors. It’s all part of the Zenkoji Lantern Festival, with the illumination scheduled to take place each night from 6 to 9pm. This is the 7th year of the festival. Our family tries to go every year. Zenkoji is impressive with its size and spirituality on a normal day — the illumination makes it even more special.
Then in spring, Zenkoji will host a very special guest: the Dalai Lama from Tibet. He is scheduled to give a talk on 20-June (Sun) at the Big Hat Olympic site. Tickets will apparently go on sale on 01-March.
So come the coming week to see Zenkoji lit up, and come again in June to hear the Dalai Lama talk!