Buddhism meets beatboxing, hip-hop dancing and laser light shows at a temple in Tokyo, where efforts to get youth and foreign nationals interested in the centuries-old religion have taken on a modern twist.

About 30 students from around the world visited Komyoji temple on Thursday in the capital's Arakawa Ward, where they watched a traditional Buddhist prayer ceremony updated with 21st-century technology and culture, including projection mapping, beatboxing and contemporary dance.

The event was held in the main hall of the temple which, unlike most Buddhist temples, is located in a spacious room in an upper floor of an office building just a few minutes' walk from the nearest train station.