Thousand-year-old Japanese temple holds funeral for broken record player needle
The “music temple” wants to give its audio equipment the respect it deserves.,
One unique aspect of Japanese culture is that most people follow Buddhist and Shinto practices. The idea of having two religions may sound strange, but there is some sacred labor between them. For example, a shrine is a place where weddings are held. Funerals are held in Buddhist temples.,
So it kind of makes sense Ongakuji TempleA temple whose name translates as “Music Temple” proposal A funeral for a broken record player needle,
located downtown ChichibuSaitama Prefecture, founded in 824, Ongakuji is so named because the enchanting sound it makes when the wind passes through the nearby pines is likened to the music played by a Bodhisattva.Beginning in 2020, bow once a year record player needle memorialPriests now bless usable gadgets, saying a more dignified farewell than simply tossing them in the trash.
Of course, if you’re an audiophile enough to consider the funeral of a record player needle, you’ll already know that the needle, called a stylus, is housed inside the housing. called cartridge or pick up. They can also perform rituals at Ongakuji by removing broken, bent or worn needles from cartridges.
▼ Ammo box waiting for his blessing
Provide record player needle memorial services in collaboration with Ongakuji Nagaoka, a manufacturer of record player needles based in Yamagata Prefecture. They explain the purpose of the service:
“I hope this will serve as an opportunity to remind people of the importance of frequently changing needles along with gratitude for needles that have provided good music and good memories of everyday life.” Cultivate the habit of listening.” Record in high sound quality.
Record Needle Memorial Ceremony Held March 9Also, if you are unable to bring the needle to the temple yourself, please send it to Nagaoka’s Tokyo office (address Tokyo-to, Shibuya-ku, Sendagaya 4-3-2, Nagaoka TRD Record Memorial Service Clerk) and Nagaoka will pick it up for you. them. the rest of the way
There’s definitely a joking side to everything, as the belief that tech gadgets have living souls isn’t widespread in Japan. Also, the record needle memorial, like the funeral of a pager not long ago in Tokyo, is tied to Japan’s deep-seated cultural values of gratitude, respect, and the avoidance of luxury.
Source, photo: PR Times
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