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PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2008 10:42 am    Post subject: Hard Times for Japan's Temples Reply with quote
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Hard times for Japan's temples

In Japan there is concern that the temple - traditional place of worship for Buddhists across the country - is under threat, particularly in rural areas where the population is aging and the younger generation are leaving for big cities, as Chris Hogg discovered.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/from_our_own_correspondent/7582794.stm
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2008 1:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
How sad and depressing. I am a devout Catholic, but most of the parionhers are old, the new ones are from other countries. The rise of human secularism has really destroyed people's faith to their communities. Crying or Very sad

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2008 5:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
nohime wrote:
The rise of human secularism has really destroyed people's faith to their communities.


It's a bit of a stretch to blame "human secularism" on what the article is describing. How about the lack of real jobs in rural Japan? Economic concerns, rural to urban migration, and the demographic transition are a lot more relevant, IMO. The Honganji temples in Kyoto sure don't seem to be having any problems with "the rise of human secularism."
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2008 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
You are right about the rural areas. I should have known. It is still depressing. The big ones tend to survive. The little ones die along with town. When I was living in Gifu, a small Zen temple with historical roots related to Takeda Shingen and Date Masamune had a following. With the priest gone and temple is without anybody to take care of it. Most of the kids want to go to the city. I do not blame them. The fuuny part is when they do have kids and a family of their own, they want to move to the country to get rid of the social ills of the city life. Go Figure. Confused By the way, you have to add in that the major temples are tourist attractions. Money maker. Same as the Vatican

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