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10/50.- Kyoto, Nishi Hongan-ji

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In this picture you can see the praying hall. In some temples in Japan you are required to take off your shoes. You should leave your shoes on shelves at the entrance, or take them with you in plastic bags.

In the 13th century the Nichiren Buddhist sect was founded. This sect, which has millions of followers today, was very intolerant towards other Buddhist sects.

In today's Japan more than half of the population consider themselves Buddhist. Many houses have a small altar where Japanese pay respect to their ancestors. Buddhist rituals are also present in many Japanese funerals.

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