Mysterious temple oil squirter possibly captured on camera

Apr 21, 2015

Mysterious temple oil squirter possibly captured on camera

Police trying to understand a bizarre sequence of vandalism at dozens of religious sites involving a substance resembling cooking oil said Tuesday that a surveillance camera at a temple had caught images of a man behaving oddly. Investigators said the scene was caught at ...

Vandal hits three religious sites in Nara

Apr 12, 2015

Vandal hits three religious sites in Nara

Two temples and a shrine in Nara Prefecture on Saturday joined a list of religious and historical sites recently defaced by an oily liquid. At Kasuga Taisha Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage site, a staff member patrolling the grounds Friday afternoon found oily marks ...

Masses still flock to Kiyoshikojin Seichoji

Jan 17, 2014

Masses still flock to Kiyoshikojin Seichoji

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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

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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 ...