A 49-year old DJ-turned-Buddhist priest named Gyousen Asakura from Japan has built an actual techno temple.
The expensive project consists of “techno memorial services” at Shō-onji (照恩寺) temple in Fukui City in central Japan.
Asakura has already hosted two such services and he has successfully raised money for more on the Japanese crowdfunding site Readyfor. He is now hoping to get better equipment and improve his temple’s services.
“Originally, golden decorations in the temple are expressions of paradise light,” Asakura said in an interview with the music website Thump.
“However, the light of a traditional temple has not changed its form from 1000 years ago to use candlelight, even after electricity was invented. I felt doubtful about that, and then I thought about expressing paradise with the latest stage lighting such as 3D mapping. We also hope to revive the Japanese faith with these ceremonies.”