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A Japanese New Years and a 94-Year Old Female Priest

New York, N.Y.  This year I had an unusual New Year in Japan. I visited Tenkawa Shrine in Nara on January 5 when I returned to Japan for New Year’s Day, and I went to do the annual “Matsumochi Jiji.” There is a large pot in front of Goddess in the middle with boiling hot water […]

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New Year’s Eve in Japan: The Young Continue (Very) Old Traditions

New York, N.Y. We hope that you read this article along with the 54th edition (for January 1st issue) I wrote about New Year’s Day in Japan when I went to Japan this year’s New Year. Last year I seriously injured myself by falling down from a great the height and thus could not get to Japan. […]

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From Poland, Where Jews Died, Henryk Tomashevski’s Great Mime Group

New York, N.Y. An amazing art group comes from Poland, a nation with a dark past, a tragic country for Jews. I have visited many countries and brought numerous cultural groups all across Eastern Europe. We started back in the day in East Germany and I then went to all the Communist countries. There were various groups worthy of […]

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Tibetan Monk Gatzo: No Matter How Hard, People Can Endure

New York, N.Y. Do you know a Tibetan monk named Palden Gyatso? He was arrested by the Chinese government for being “a crime” as he had a picture of Dalai Lama when he was 28 years old, and then he was imprisoned while being tortured for 31 years. The state of torture at that time was […]

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What I Want In 2019: Compassion, Communication, Courage

New York, N.Y. Now that we have a new year, I would like to talk about one of my two “dream” and “goal”, goals that I have long wanted to do. That is, I would like to create as many as three new orphanages this year based on the “Three C’s” beliefs. The three C’s are […]

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Remembering with Pride the Old Japanese New Year, Shōgatsu

New York, N.Y. The tradition of New Year is the pride of the Japanese I wrote about the New Year’s Day (Shōgatsu) last January (see the 11th), but many people have asked me to write more on this topic. Many Japanese have never experienced the traditional Japanese New Year, so I would like to tell more […]

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The Lighter Side of My Journey, Continuously Beaten on the Head

New York, N.Y. Let’s talk a bit lightly. The other day, it was a day of continuous trials of challenging incidents.  It was a very difficult day for me. In the end, the day turned out to be comical. It all happened when I went to Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. On that day, I headed to the […]

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At the World Religious Council: The Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima

New York, N.Y. Human arrogance will destroy the world. This was my theme as I pitched in to cover a presentation for Mr. Masami Nakagaki of Jodo Shinshu, who encountered a sudden misfortune in his family. I am attending the World Religious Council in Toronto, scheduled for three presentations. And suddenly I have a fourth. I think […]

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