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A modern answer to your home prayers

Style & Design Dec 17, 2017

A modern answer to your home prayers

by Danielle Demetriou

With its white latticed facade, shiny walls of glass and monochrome interior lighting, passers-by could be forgiven for assuming that Wakabayashi Butsugu is a fashion flagship or contemporary interiors store. Yet the reality is a little different, for the minimal, clean-lined space, which opened in ...

Getting the year's first prayer in

Lifestyle Dec 24, 2015

Getting the year's first prayer in

by Ryotaro Aoki

Whether we are Buddhists, followers of Shintoism or atheists, the first thing many Japanese do on ganjitsu (New Year's Day) is go to their local shrine or temple for hatsumōde, a symbolic first visit of the year. If it's not done on Jan. 1, ...

Monk offers a taste of religion to young minds

National / Social Issues Jun 27, 2014

Monk offers a taste of religion to young minds

by Takeshi Nishide

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 traditional ...

Cats get the cream at Fukui temple

National Jun 26, 2014

Cats get the cream at Fukui temple

Nicknamed "the temple of cats," Gotanjoji in Echizen, Fukui Prefecture, continues to draw thousands of tourists every year after more than a decade of caring for abandoned cats. Since the monks at the Soto Zen temple took in the first four stray cats 12 years ...

Nagoya temple erects Home-for-all for guests

National | CHUBU CONNECTION Oct 18, 2013

Nagoya temple erects Home-for-all for guests

Aioiyama Tokurinji Temple in Tenpaku Ward, Nagoya, is currently building a guest house named Home-for-all within its premises. The house will be fitted with a solar power system and will be self-sufficient energywise. The temple will open the house to those who need a place ...