Kangiten: Ganesha in Japan
In the Asakusa area of Tokyo in Japan, are a series of beautiful wooden temples of Japanese Buddhism, which are popular with locals and visitors alike. These are some of the oldest temples in Japan, going back a thousand years. Among them, a temple, which is most likely to catch the attention of an Indian visitor is the 8th-century Matsuchiyama Shoden temple, dedicated to Japanese deity Kangiten, which is none other than the Japanese version of Ganesha.
In fact, there are more than 250 temples across Japan dedicated to Ganesha, who is locally known by different names like ‘Kangiten’, ‘Shoten’, ‘Ganabachi’ (Ganapathy) or ‘Binayakaten’.