Rediscovering Japan Through Hawaii’s Cherry Blossom Festival

  America is often thought of as a new country, a place where countless people traveled from distant lands in search of a new life. As immigrants intermarried and their cultures intermixed, customs blended together so that America, we often hear, became a giant “melting pot.”   However, instead of erasing the cultural hold these traditions […]

‘Buddhist Way is Not to Discriminate,’ says Priest Who Cremated North Koreans’ Remains

  The cremated remains of 10 bodies from North Korea, which washed ashore along the coastline of Akita Prefecture,- between November and December 2017, are being stored at a Soto Sect Buddhist Temple, Tohzenji in the coastal city of Oga.     The city government entrusted the remains to the temple, where Buddhist priest Ryosen […]