When I went to an old, big and famous temple in Nara this Feburary, I was a bit shocked. There were firefighters, police officers, monks, TV crews, Buddhist parishioners, and visitors for the traditional Fire Festival.
I felt that many intentions were there like a web. It was tight, complex and absurd. And most of the standing people were TV crews. They behaved like the center of this event. I felt that I was an audience to boost the mood for TV shows. I felt that people did not focus on the true intention of this event. It made me uncomfortable and I felt bad.
That temple is located in the depths of Nara but the atmosphere of that event was far from a traditional one. It was mostly just a party. I felt that human society went wrong. It happens everywhere in this world, too. So we should think about it deeper.