Monks at Japan’s Kiyomizu Buddhist temple, a UNESCO World heritage site, had found a creative way of supporting breast cancer survivors, as well as remembering the disease’s victims: the temple transformed its massive structure into a pink monument by using light-emitting diode (LED) lighting.
Shoin Onishi, one of the chief monks for the Kiyomizu temple, said the temple has been alight for many years for people around the world, but lately using the light for 24 hours has become too much, financially speaking. The monks decided to find a way of cutting costs, so they switched all the temple’s fluorescent lighting bulbs to LED.
Onishi says the temple is spending now only one-sixth of its initial electricity bills.
“The materials, the resources, they are running out and we have to save energy, we have to think how to conserve our resources more,” he said.
The Kiyomizu temple is placed on the hills east of Kyoto and people cannot miss it due to its pink illumination that can be seen from a long distance. These days, the temple supports women all over the world in their battle with breast cancer, Onishi said, adding that the pink illumination will be maintained throughout October which is traditionally celebrated as breast cancer awareness month.
From the forestry to the nearby waterfall, all have been bathed in a soft, rosy glow, providing a more peaceful and gentle atmosphere for those who visit the world heritage site to seek rest, according to the international press.
“During the night, people come and rest and sleep and enjoy the temple and that is why we wanted to illuminate the temple,” Onishi said.