Aobamatsuri is a commemoration of the birth of our founder, Kobo Daishi, the rebirth of the promise of spring, and a continuing expression of respect for friends and family who have passed on. For spring, green is a significant color. Trees, bushes and grass spring forth in their varied hues of green. This was the world that Kobo Daishi first experienced in Shikoku on the 15th day of the sixth month in 774, the year of his birth.
Every year we hold Aobamatsuri service to celebrate the anniversary of Kobo Daishi’s birth. By holding the service, we show our gratitude and devotion to Kobo Daishi by studying his teachings and following his example so that we may become more like Buddha. We hope to create, for ourselves and others, a world in which goodness and patience, kindness and generosity, wisdom and compassion guide our actions.