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Millennium-old Japanese temple holds funeral service for broken record player needles

“Music Temple” Wants To Send Audio Equipment The Respect It Deserves,

One unique aspect of Japanese culture is that most people follow Buddhist and Shinto customs. The idea of ​​having two religions may sound strange, but there is some division of divine labor between the two. For example, Shinto shrines are places where weddings take place, and Funeral rites are held in Buddhist temples,

so it kind of makes sense OngakujiA temple whose name translates as “Music Temple” offers Funeral Services for Broken Record Player Needles,

located in the city ChichibuSaitama Prefecture, and established in 824, Ongakuji is named for the enchanting sound of the wind as it passes through the nearby pine trees, likening it to music played by bodhisattvas., From 2020, the temple is being held once a year Record Player Needle Memorial Servicein which a priest blesses the now-usable device, giving it a more dignified farewell than simply tossing it in the trash.

Of course, if you’re enough of an audiophile to consider a funeral for your record player needle, you undoubtedly already know that the needle, properly called a stylus, is housed inside a housing. which is called cartridges or pickup. These are also eligible for memorial services at Ongakuji, with broken, bent, or worn needles removed from their cartridges.

▼ ammo box, waiting for his blessing

Offers its Record Player Needle Memorial Service in association with Ongakuji nagaoka, a Yamagata Prefecture-based record player needle manufacturer. They describe the purpose of the service:

“We hope this will serve as an opportunity to show appreciation for the needles that have provided us with good music and good memories in our daily lives, while reminding us of the importance of changing our player’s needle from time to time.” are, and create a habit of listening.” To record in high sound quality.

This Year’s Record Needle Memorial Service Will Be Held march 9And those who are unable to take their needles to the temple in person may send them to Nagaoka’s Tokyo office (address Tokyo-to, Shibuya-ku, Sendagaya 4-3-2, Nagaoka TRD Record Memorial Service Clerk) from where Nagaoka will take them. the rest of the way

There’s definitely a tongue-in-cheek aspect to the whole thing, as there’s no widespread belief in Japan that technological devices have a living soul. Also, the Record Needle Memorial Service has an association with deep-seated Japanese cultural values ​​about gratitude, respect, and the avoidance of extravagance, similar to the funeral service held for pagers in Tokyo some time ago.

Source, Photos: PR Times
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