Masses still flock to Kiyoshikojin Seichoji

Jan 17, 2014

Masses still flock to Kiyoshikojin Seichoji

by Katherine Kono

With the bullet trains, the electronic toilets that warm, clean and dry, and the hyper-efficient delivery systems, it’s easy to forget that Japan is also a nation of ancient spirits — unless, that is, you’ve witnessed the annual pilgrimage to the fire god shrine, ...

Temples seek tighter community ties

Jun 27, 2013

Temples seek tighter community ties

by Takeshi Nishide

A new generation of Buddhist priests is working closely with ordinary people to regenerate communities as population shrinkage threatens the future of their temples. On a Saturday night in May, a group of five men, mostly in their 30s, sat down at Saikoji Temple ...