There are other halls surrounding the main hall, and each hall enshrines a different deity. And visitors were praying in front of the altar of their choice. The main deity of this temple is Guanyin Buddhist Bodhisattva, but as we were not satisfied with only the Buddhist deities, Taoist deities are also enshrined, so there are several altars here.
There are also several altars at the back of the main hall and there were visitors. Some were praying with long incense sticks in their hands, which you don't see very often in Japan, and others were just holding their hands together. I guessed the gods behind the temple were good at what they do.
Looking at the location map, it appears that Mazu is enshrined at the altar in this photo. It is said that Mazu is the goddess of seafaring and fishing. Although she is a god of the sea, it is said that she is nowadays worshipped as a goddess of all things good. Hearing such a story, one might think that if they enshrine Mazu here, there would be no need to enshrine Guanyin Buddhist Bodhisattva, but I suppose there are various adult reasons for that.
By the way, I have never seen a worship of Mazu in a Japanese Buddhist temple, because she is a Taoist god.
November 7, 2019
RICOH GR III
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