Takeshi Nishide

For Takeshi Nishide's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Priestly pair set out to boost 'Buddhism 3.0' across Japan

Aug 5, 2014

Priestly pair set out to boost 'Buddhism 3.0' across Japan

A pair of Zen priests have been causing a stir with their campaign to spread a new interpretation of Buddhism in Japan that combines practices from separate branches of the ancient religion. Issho Fujita and Ryodo Yamashita have been running workshops around the country ...

Monk offers a taste of religion to young minds

Jun 27, 2014

Monk offers a taste of religion to young minds

Gashin Tomomitsu, a 30-year-old Buddhist monk, has organized unique spiritual and cultural events over the past four years, attracting young people who would otherwise have little religious interaction in their daily lives. Offering a chance to experience chanting, flower arrangement, sutra copying and other ...

May 2, 2014

'64 start of trips abroad fostered peace: JATA exec

A travel agency executive who has spent half a century going abroad believes overseas trips and people-level exchanges help build understanding of the importance of world peace. Jungo Kikuma, 61-year-old chairman of the Japan Association of Travel Agents, is promoting such trips to mark ...

Mar 6, 2014

Women's entry into Shinto priesthood is on the rise

Women are entering another traditional, male-dominated field in Japan — the Shinto priesthood — at a slow but steadily increasing pace. Nobuyo Otagaki, 43, is one pioneering female Shinto priest, making an unusual career shift from flight attendant. Otagaki was born into a Shinto ...

Spreading Buddhism via old-style storytelling

Feb 6, 2014

Spreading Buddhism via old-style storytelling

In an effort to broaden the understanding of Buddhism among the lay population, some followers are using a traditional form of Japanese storytelling as a teaching tool. Professional storyteller Kyokudo Nankai, 49, is one of the leaders. In late December, Nankai told the story ...

Funeral gripes fuel Buddhist rethink

Dec 4, 2013

Funeral gripes fuel Buddhist rethink

An increasing number of Buddhist priests are re-evaluating funeral services amid rapidly changing attitudes over the way they are conducted. Hideo Usui, chief executive of Jiin Design Co., which provides business advice to Buddhist temples, is among those helping spur the revision. In July, ...

Yoga practitioners moving to the next level

Nov 27, 2013

Yoga practitioners moving to the next level

There is a “natural” convergence among yoga practitioners in Japan: Those who have practiced it primarily for slimming or health are becoming more interested in its spiritual aspects, while those who have approached it as a philosophy are more actively engaging in physical exercise, ...

Priests take up pen to stop suicides

Nov 21, 2013

Priests take up pen to stop suicides

To help turn the tide against suicide, a volunteer group of Buddhist priests, both men and women, writes letters to distraught people to help keep them from taking their own lives. People considering suicide “write to us because they want to live,” said Yusen ...

Shinto priest blazes trail as a community activist

Oct 23, 2013

Shinto priest blazes trail as a community activist

In these challenging times, Shinto priests can’t afford to confine themselves to the quiet and peace of their shrines. On a Sunday afternoon in September, Mitsunobu Okada, chief priest of Sugimori Shrine in Higashihiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture, was talking to a group of children as ...