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Hokkaido temple seeks to rediscover the spirit of community

Jun 9, 2016

Hokkaido temple seeks to rediscover the spirit of community

A Buddhist temple in Nemuro, Hokkaido, is seeking to redefine its role in the community amid a rapid decline in followers. Nemuro Betsuin Temple of the Shin Buddhism Otani sect began a series of meetings with volunteers last June under the moderation of Ryo ...

Moves afoot to restore Nihonbashi Bridge district

Jul 20, 2014

Moves afoot to restore Nihonbashi Bridge district

Citizens’ movements are underway to restore scenery around Tokyo’s Nihonbashi Bridge that was lost when an expressway was built over it 50 years ago in preparation for the Tokyo Olympics. The beautiful Renaissance-style stone bridge with statues of lion and “kirin” mystical creatures came ...

River's savior still sees work ahead

Dec 19, 2013

River's savior still sees work ahead

Shoko Tsuru happily watched a multitude of tiny bubbles appearing on the surface of mud flats at the mouth of the Kuma River. The bubbles show that the mud flats are “living” with various creatures. “There used to be only mud here, but now ...