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The annual rites of passage into the new year

| Jan 1, 2018

The annual rites of passage into the new year

On Sunday, people across Japan marked the passing of 2017 and the arrival of the new year at temples and shrines, both big and small. While the evening of oshōgatsu is celebrated in numerous ways, for many it is a time for spiritual purification and prayer ...

Struggling Buddhist temples turn to tours to boost finances

Mar 3, 2017

Struggling Buddhist temples turn to tours to boost finances

A Tokyo-based firm offering tours at temples in Tokyo and Kyoto, where visitors can transcribe Buddhist sutras and meditate in a zazen seated position, says the attraction is proving popular among tourists. The operator, Share Wing, which started the service in collaboration with travel agencies ...