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A pint or a prayer? Monks in Japan put Buddhism on the menu

By Yiyuan Wang, Japan Today, Apr 10, 2016

TOKYO, Japan -- The hum of conversation and the clinking of spoons and coffee cups fills the wood-paneled cafe in a fashionable Tokyo neighborhood as more than a dozen customers sip drinks and nibble desserts.

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Kamakura's Great Buddha waltzes through 'health checkup'

By TAMOTSU SUGAO, AWJ-Asahi, March 10, 2016

KAMAKURA, Kanagawa Prefecture (Japan) -- He might be eight centuries old, but the Daibutsu Great Buddha here is in better shape than ever after a two-month "health checkup" was completed March 10.

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A Zen Buddhist temple experience in Kyoto

By Seamus Kearney, Euronews, Feb 23, 2016

Kyoto, Japan -- Any holiday in Japan will almost certainly have to include a visit to one of the country’s vast number of beautiful temples and shrines; and for those who have the time, it’s possible to take part in one of the many rituals performed there.

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Nature in Short / Sacred plant ‘Japanese star anise’ used in Buddhist funerals

By Kevin Short, The Japan News, Feb 16, 2016

Mt. Atago, Japan -- My research work on local ecology and folk spirituality often brings me into the grounds of small village Buddhist temples, many of which are surrounded by dense sacred groves.

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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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