Sogenji monastery

Ko E

Today is KoE, change of Koromo day. This means that all the monks and nuns change from their heavy, Indigo dyed cotton Koromo (robe) to a light, see through summer style Koromo. In the olden days the summer koromo was made of linen, also Indigo dyed, yet nowadays mosquito net type polyester fabric is being used for the summer koromos. On this day there is also the announcement, that the Keisaku will be used only twice on each shoulder. During the winter period, when wearing the heavy koromos, the Keisaku is used four times on each shoulder, because it is "harder to get through" the layers.

Summer Robe

Winter Robe

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