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Disaster relief in northern Kyushu

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Record rains in northern Kyushu left 29 dead and 21 missing and much damage in its wake. On July 11, the Fukuoka Diocese Disaster Relief Hinokishin Corps (DRHC) were dispatched to Asakura City.

On top of clearing debris from homes and a preschool, DRHC members distributed water to 1,600 homes cut off from the water supply. Finally, Fukuoka Diocese members cooked a meal at an elementary school serving as shelter for displaced residents.

Tenrikyo Oceania Centre celebrates 20th anniversary

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On July 9, Tenrikyo Oceania Centre held a service commemorating its 20th anniversary. The Shinbashira, his wife Harue, and Successor Designate Daisuke Nakayama attended the service.

Brisbane, where the centre is located, is one of Australia’s three biggest cities. It is warm all year round and is filled with tourists.

The Shinbashira then shared his thoughts regarding the significance of the centre and expressed his hope for followers to forge ahead spiritedly for the path in Oceania.

This was followed by a joyous performance of the service. The 160 or so followers who assembled sang to the Mikagura-uta.

At the post-service reception, followers offered songs and dance.

Tenri schools perform at grand opening of Tenri Plaza in front of train station

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On April 23, the opening ceremony for Tenri Plaza in front of the train station took place. Named Tenri Plaza CoFuFun, the plaza has stores and a extensive playground. Tenri school clubs such as Tenri University Gagaku Society and Tenri Kyoko Gakuen High School’s Violet Impluse performed at the opening ceremony. Also, Tenrikyo Doyusha set up temporary shops to sell spicy curry-filled bread.

2017 Oyasama Birth Celebration Service held

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On April 18, Oyasama’s 219th birthday was celebrated. Many followers returned to the Parental Home for the event. The Shinbashira served as chief officiant for Oyasama Birth Celebration Service. After the reading of the service prayer, the Kagura (masked dance) and Teodori (dance with hand movements) were performed. Followers sang the Mikagura-uta with joy in their hearts. Following the Service was the “Joyous Chorus,” which presented the “Oyasama Birth Celebration Song” and five other songs, creating a festive mood in the Inner Courtyard of the Main Sanctuary.

Participation in Kumamoto “prayer for recovery”

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Followers from Kumamoto Grand Church participate in a “prayer for recovery” event a year after the 2016 Kumamoto quake. Followers made soup and roll sandwiches.

Students Association Pilgrimage to Jiba held

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The Students Association Pilgrimage to Jiba for Tenrikyo 180 was held on March 28 in the Inner Courtyard of Tenrikyo Church Headquarters. Students from across the country flocked to Oyasato, the Parental Home.

The Shinbashira spoke of the importance of learning the teachings and expressed his hope that students will grow up into fine members of the path in the future by repeatedly setting their minds at each development in their lives. This was followed by student representatives sharing their faith experiences and a declaration of resolve. Students pledged to grow up into Yoboku who will carry the faith into the next generation and closed the event with the singing of Kibo no hana (flower of hope). 

High School Graduates Division of Students Training Course held

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The High School Graduates Division of the Students Training Course, sponsored by Tenrikyo Church Headquarters, was held between March 10 and 12. The course, in its third year of existence, assembled about 350 students. Participants deepened friendships with their peers through group work, listening to lectures, and engaging in hinokishin together.

College Division of Students Training Course being held

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The College Division of the Students Training Course, sponsored by Tenrikyo Church Headquarters, began on March 3. The course allows college students across Japan to deepen their bonds of friendship and their faith. In addition to hinokishin activities, service dance practices, and musical instruments practice, students select lectures they would like to attend such as those dedicated to the doctrine, medicine, and the overseas mission. The Students Training Course is scheduled to be held until March 9.

Tenrikyo 180 Spring Grand Service held

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Tenrikyo 180 Spring Grand Service, which commemorates Miki Nakayama’s withdrawal from physical life on lunar 1/26/1887, was conducted on January 26. After the Shinbashira’s reading of the service prayer, the Kagura Service and Teodori was conducted as followers sang along to the Mikagura-uta. Taking the podium to give the sermon, the Shinbashira called for all churches to set an example of the Joyous Life.

Nepal Renrakusho celebrates 50th anniversary

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On November 12, Nepal Renrakusho in Kathmandu welcomed the Shinbashira, his wife Harue, and Successor Designate Daisuke Nakayama for their 50th anniversary service. Since its founding in 1966, Nepal Renrakusho has promoted Japanese language instruction and social welfare activities.

The Shinbashira then gave a celebratory address on the mindset of the Joyous Life and moving forward in a unity of mind and cheerful spiritedness. This was followed by a performance of the service, which was sung by some 250 followers.

Renrakusho Head Yoshiharu Kamimura then expressed his gratitude and asked for more salvation efforts from the congregation.