In front of Nagano Station is this statue of an Indian princess, Nyoze, facing towards Zenkoji Temple. Legend has it that Princess Nyoze from ancient India was saved from death by the Amida Triad of Zenkoji Temple. So now she is immortalized here, holding up flowers in thanks for the Temple.
All of us in Nagano are also looking in anticipation towards Zenkoji and next year's "Gokaicho". The ceremony takes place once every seven years, with the next one scheduled from April 5 - May 31, 2009. The Nagano CVB just came out with an English brochure on it -- feel free to ask us here at Kamesei Ryokan for a copy.
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