religion

Overworked Japanese employees mourn unused paid holidays at new Buddhist memorial service

Workaholics asked to address this senseless loss in a country where taking paid leave is frowned upon.

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Huge torii gate found in the middle of a busy Kumamoto intersection

Ensures drivers are praying for their lives as they narrowly avoid the concrete pillars.

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This amazing Buddhist statue cafe in Japan could be a museum all by itself【Photos】

Coffee and culture on both on the order at unorthodox coffee house Kagari.

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Japanese Christian groups hold press conference to protest emperor’s enthronement ceremony

Coalition calls government involvement “a threat to freedom of faith.”

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A love of anime can protect you from religious solicitors in Japan, otaku discovers

”But do you accept Hayao Miyazaki as anime’s lord and savior?”

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Christian groups in Japan criticize emperor’s ascension ceremony as violation of constitution

Spokesmen say this week’s ceremony, and another scheduled for October, violate the principal of separation of church and state.

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Elegant design of grandson’s left-behind Tenga tricks devoted senior.

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Tokyo church cancels anime singer’s concert because of her involvement with adult video games

Discovery of Rekka Katakiri’s erogame contributions cause venue to pull plug on event less then three weeks before it was scheduled to be held.

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Special penis shrine books will even be available for the first time this year.

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Japanese monks go viral with online protest against police claim that robes are a driving hazard

Buddhist monks juggle, box, dance to show their garments are no hindrance after monk refuses to pay fine for driving in his robe. 

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Rabbit at Japanese temple freaks people out with glowing eyes, Buddhist deity inside its chest

Dozens of free-roaming bunnies at this temple now have a new overlord looking out for them.

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Kyoto temple goes modern with Techno Memorial combining music and lights with Buddhist Festival

And you probably thought Buddhism was a boring religion, didn’t you?

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Japanese man gets arrested for stealing 30 yen (US 27 cents) from Shinto shrine’s collection box

Sometimes it’s not how much you steal, but where you steal it from that really gets you in trouble.

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Purify the hate of Internet jeers with Japanese temple’s first online ceremonial fire

Don’t worry if you can’t make it to your local temple! Now you can collect up all the online roasts you’ve received and cast them into this cyberfire.

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Japanese Christian light novel contest allows authors to criticize religion, make Satan the star

Buddha, president of the United States also explicitly recognized as potential characters in surprisingly wide-open competition.

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The mystery of the disappearing family altar water offering: Man catches the culprit pink-pawed!

A Japanese family wondered why water placed on their family alter kept disappearing. Turns out a furry relative was to blame!

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School in Japan removes traditional Tanabata decorations for being incongruent with Christianity

Secular summer festival’s wishing tree gets taken down, clever complaints from students go up instead.

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Buddhist temples in Japan get digital upgrade with new techno wooden fish【Video】

The most entertaining way to recite the Heart Sutra.

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Feel what it’s like to be a Shinto shrine maiden with shrine’s experience package for foreigners

Chief priest cites popularity of miko heroine in anime hit Your Name for increased interest in traditional role.

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Our Japanese-language reporter asks foreigner how Christians feel about Christmas in Japan

How does a Catholic believer feel about Japanese Christmas, and what’s it like for a non-believer to go to Christmas Mass?

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