A DJ-turned-Buddhist priest, Gyōsen Asakura, is currently raising money to do psychedelic “techno memorial services” at the Shō-onji (照恩寺) temple in Fukui City in central Japan. The 49-year-old priest has already hosted two such services; the video above was taken during a service in October last year. Asakura is now hoping to purchase better equipment for future versions, reports Japankyo.
Forget about going to Sunday church at Berghain; Japanese DJ-turned-Buddhist priest, Gyōsen Asakura, has actually made a real techno temple.
The 49-year old priest throws completely off-the-wall “techno memorial services” at Shō-onji (照恩寺) techno temple in Fukui City.
There is a catch though. His project is expensive and he needs money to keep on keeping on. Judging by the video below, he probably needs quite a bit to keep this audio-visual extravaganza going.
“Originally, golden decorations in the temple are expressions of paradise light,” Asakura said to THUMP over Facebook. “However, the light of a traditional temple has not changed its form from 1000 years ago to use candlelight, even after electricity was invented. I felt doubtful about that, and then I thought about expressing paradise with the latest stage lighting such as 3D mapping. We also hope to revive the Japanese faith with these ceremonies.”