Demon Slayer at Saimyouji Temple

Saimyou-ji attracts new visitors with Demon Slayer

By Lynda Hogan    - 2 min read

Saimyouji Temple has made a name for itself for being a LGBTQ+ friendly temple. Moreover, it is known and admired for being the second temple in all of Japan to openly promote and conduct same sex weddings. However, recently, it is attracting attention for its 'Demon Slayer' Kimetsu no Yaiba floral water font and display.

Demon Slayer movie

The Demon Slayer - Kimetsu no Yaiba - movie Mugen Train was released in Japanese cinemas on October 16th. It fast became the highest-grossing film in 2020 and the second highest grossing movie of all time in Japan. The movie is the sequel to the anime television series that aired in Japan last year. The tale of the Demon Slayer is based on the manga series by Koyoharu Gotoge. The manga have been translated into 14 different languages and enjoy great popularity abroad. The new movie Mugen Train will be released outside of Japan in early 2021.

Demon Slayer at Saimyouji

The floral water fonts at Saimyouji have been the frequent subject of Instagram posts for most of 2020. But when they launched the Demon Slayer floral water font and displays on November 28th the interest in the temple skyrocketed. People are coming from further afield to admire the unique displays that change weekly. The news of the Demon Slayer features have even made news abroad. Furthermore, the temple is hosting special events in conjunction with the Demon Slayer purification fonts and displays at the temple. Just today, December 12th 2020, one of the Demon Slayer characters 'Inosuke Hashibira' visited the temple. Hundreds of fans lined up for the welcome chance to get a photo with the popular character.

Getting there

Saimyou-ji Temple is located in the outskirts of Kawagoe, on the east side of the Kawagoe Aquatic Park. There is free parking for about 20 cars close to the temple.

By public transport: any bus bound for Kawagoe Aquatic Park "Kawagoe Suijo Koen", from Kawagoe Station, brings you within walking distance of the temple.

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Lynda Hogan

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Lynda has been in Japan for 20 years and blogging about Saitama on her personal blog insaitama.com for 14 of them.  Despite its central location, just North of Tokyo, Saitama is still quite unknown to the international tourist, but frequented by domestic travelers. It is a great place to experience some off-the-international-tourist-trail locations and meet with locals and national tourists. I hope to introduce a taste of what there is to do and see in my articles on Japan Travel and help you with your Saitama travel planning.  Be sure to stop by my website where you will find 600 things to do in Saitama and 400 active events! 

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Sander van Werkhoven a month ago
I'm still baffled by the scale of the success of Kimetsu no Yaiba. It sure was a pretty good anime, one of the better series of last year (I haven't seen the film yet), but back then I never would have thought that it would go on and break almost every record there is. In the end to me it still felt like just a rather straightforward shonen story, elevated to great heights by the wonderful production of Ufotable.

But it is fun to see how this (in itself pretty interesting) temple incorporates elements of the series in a creative way. And about that Inosuke dude, seems like a rather chilly outfit for the time of the year :-)
Lynda Hogan Author a month ago
Haha! Yes, I imagine he was very cold. He went indoors for 5 minutes every 20 minutes or so. He's lucky he wasn't in Niigata or any of the other places hit with heavy snow recently!

I too am surprised by the success of Kimetsu no Yaiba. The hype had just started to ease off from the series last year when this film hit and now the hype is higher than ever!
Elizabeth S a month ago
Kimetsu no Yaiba, Demon Slayer, is fascinating. This is the first time in a long time that my imagination has been captured by animation.

Saimyouji's cool factor, considering their respect for LBGTQ+ community and embracing this manga/animation, is through the roof. Nice.
Lynda Hogan Author a month ago
I am a big fan of this priest, he's really something else. He may well end up featuring in another post. :D