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Japan’s ‘monks by mail’ offer Buddhist ministry in Internet age

by Mari Yamaguchi, AP, Feb 2, 2016

YACHIYO, CHIBA PREF. (Japan) -- In Japan, where communal ties to local Buddhist temples are fading, families have in recent years been able to go online to find a monk to perform funerals and other rites.

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The Buddhist Monk Who Uses Space to Teach Spirituality

by Emiko Jozuka, Motherboard, January 21, 2016

Tokyo, Japan -- In a pitch black room, Ryo Kasuga talks space as a simulated solar system rotates above my head. Kasuga, however, is no astronomer. He’s a Buddhist monk intent on using the stars to rouse the public’s interest in spiritual teachings.

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Swastikas used on maps in Japan to indicate Buddhist temples to be replaced because tourists associate them with Nazis

By Caroline Mcguire, Daily Mail, 19 January 2016

Tokyo, Japan -- Japanese maps have long used swastikas to mark the location of Buddhist temples on maps.

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Buddhist temple in Tokyo upgraded by Satoru Hirota Architects

Dezeen.com, 12 January 2016

Tokyo, Japan -- Satoru Hirota Architects has overhauled the site of a Buddhist shrine dating back to Japan's Edo period, adding a triangular reception hall and a priest's quarters with bare concrete walls.

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Japan's Buddhists want Amazon to end 'rent-a-monk' service

By Mike Firn, The Telegraph, 27 Dec 2015

Monks are hired out to perform at Buddhist memorial services and other ceremonies

Tokyo, Japan -- Japan's Buddhists want Amazon to stop offering its rent-a-monk service in the country because it harms the religion's public image.

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