City Report 4: Welcome to Hell


From August 1st to August 5th, the otherwise peaceful Hourinji temple transformed into a living hell. Japanese hell, to be precise. The “Welcome to Hell” exhibition on the second floor of the temple depicted hellish art and informed visitors about the complex Japanese afterlife. While you are looking at the dark imagery, please also look around the beautiful and bright temple area.

While the outside of the temple feels like heaven, the inside tells a different story. The exhibition puts fear into the heart of its visitors. Compared to the Japanese hell, the Christian hell feels more welcoming.

It is a rare opportunity to see the treasures of Hourinji and take a few gratifying pictures. With all its golden colors, the temple is a beautiful sight to behold.

I especially loved the dragons decorating the ceiling. The wooden structure underneath and the warm lighting made for a nicely framed picture.

So, let us venture into hell, shall we? Once you enter, you will get judged by the ten kings. I only have pictures of four of them, but believe me, there are ten.

Find some pictures of the creatures you might meet in hell below. The first one is the Hell Courtesan.

Here you can see handmade masks for children that put fear into the hearts of adults and weapons straight out of our nightmares.

If these pictures sparked your interest, why not go to the next event in hell?

Date of coverage: 1st August 2019

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Coverage・Writing・Pictures:Malte Detjens

Hey! I’m Malte, the weird Germany guy. I moved to Kashiwa at the end of 2012 and have been living here since.

Graduating from Reitaku University in 2018, I entered the University of Tokyo’s graduate school to do some additional research.

I absolutely fell in love with the kind people of Kashiwa. Everyone welcomed me with open arms, and I got financially and emotionally saved more than once. Through my articles and pictures, I try to show everyone what kind of beautiful place Kashiwa can be.

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