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Ancient Banquet Hall Near Country's First Buddhist Temple Discovered in Former Capital of Japan

By Sydney Pereira, Newsweek, Feb 26, 2018

Tokyo, Japan -- Archaeologists may have found a 63-foot-long banquet hall for nobility, dating back to the Asuka period, which extended from 538 A.D. to 794 A.D. What remains of the structure are holes in the ground measuring 3 to 4 feet wide, where, researchers believe, wooden pillars once stood lining the banquet hall.

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Nara temple unravels giant scroll of 11-faced Buddhist statue

By YUYA TANAKA, Asahi Shimbun, February 28, 2018

SAKURAI, Nara Prefecture (Japan) -- A gigantic scroll containing a life-size picture of the main Buddhist statue of Hasedera temple here has been dusted off for the first display in six years.

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Buddhist temples in Japan get digital upgrade with new techno wooden fish

by Oona McGee, Sora News 24, Dec 23, 2017

The most entertaining way to recite the Heart Sutra.
Tokyo, Japan
-- One of the most impressive things about Japan is the way the country seamlessly ties in centuries of old traditions with more modern everyday elements. We’ve seen this enticing blend of old and new in things like kimono dress shirts, izakaya restaurant bathhouses, and even Pokémon osechi New Year’s meals.

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This Japanese robot can host low-cost Buddhist funerals

by Matthew Field, The Telegraph, 24 August 2017

Tokyo, Japan -- Robots have been accused of taking people's jobs and stealing sexual partners. Now, they could also be used to give humans their last rites.

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Kyoto-based Buddhist group struggles with decline in temples and priests

The Japan Times, Apr 24, 2017

KYOTO, Japan -- A Kyoto-based Buddhist group with the largest number of followers in Japan is boosting its support to its member temples in other prefectures amid a shortage of incoming chief priests and a decline in danka (financial supporters).

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