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Buddhism undergoes modern twist to attract young people

By JUNKO SAIMOTO, Asahi/AJW, June 26, 2015

Tokyo, Japan -- Discussing love, using social media and pouring cocktails are a few of the methods Buddhist monks and priests are now using to gain followers in modern-day Japan.

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Cup of noodles for vegans!

by Casey Baseel, Rocket News 24, March 28, 2015

Japanese Zen Buddhist temple starts selling instant soba and udon

Tokyo, Japan -- Upon coming to Japan, a lot of people are surprised to discover just how difficult finding vegetarian food can be. Many people imagine Japan as a country that eats very little meat, and while that’s definitely true in comparison to North America and western Europe, the flipside is that you’ll find at least a little bit of meat in just about all dishes, including salads and vegetable stews with surprising frequency.

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Cup of noodles for vegans!

by Casey Baseel, Rocket News 24, March 28, 2015

Japanese Zen Buddhist temple starts selling instant soba and udon

Tokyo, Japan -- Upon coming to Japan, a lot of people are surprised to discover just how difficult finding vegetarian food can be. Many people imagine Japan as a country that eats very little meat, and while that’s definitely true in comparison to North America and western Europe, the flipside is that you’ll find at least a little bit of meat in just about all dishes, including salads and vegetable stews with surprising frequency.

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Japan Buddhist group to build 2 monuments on Saipan

By Junhan B. Todiño, Marianas Variety, 2 Mar 2015

Saipan, Japan -- SAIPAN Mayor David M. Apatang says the Nenpou Shinkyou Buddhist Denomination, which has 88 temples throughout Japan and a million members, is planning to erect monuments at the Last Command Post and at Banzai Cliff where they hold peace ceremonies every year.

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Buddhist followers pray for hostages during cold water ablutions in Wakayama

by KAZUHIRO NAKATA, Asahi Shimbun, January 26, 2015

KOYA, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan -- In sub-zero temperatures in this mountainous region, Buddhist followers prayed Jan. 25 for the safety of hostages held by terrorist groups in their annual ablution ceremony in frigid waters here.

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