Noted priests who used to live in Daianji temple

A memorial service of the late emperor Konin (709-781). The emperor Konin was called Shirakabe-ou before he came to the throne. He occasionally visited this temple for prayer and enjoyed the poetic atmosphere in the bamboo forest with warmed sake tasting. He lived in good condition and ascended the throne when he was 62 years old. While he was on the throne, he sincerely wished for world peace and the well-being of all the people, especially for people who suffered with severe illness. Beginning with this historical event, the festival to confine illness with sake in a bamboo cup expanded to seal all kinds of severe illnesses, such as cancer. On that day, from the early morning at the precincts of the temple, warmed sake in a bamboo cup is served and prayers for confining cancer are offered. During the festival, many people visit the temple and the precincts are covered with warmed bamboo sake fragrance and enthusiastic prayers all day long.

Doji-risshi
Founder of the Sanron sect, completed the whole construction of Daianji temple.

Bodhisena
Priest from India. Well known as an officiating priest of the eye opening ceremony of the Great Buddha of the Todaiji temple.

Kukai
Kobo-Daishi. Originated the Shingon sect at Mt. Kouya.