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2019 Spring Grand Service held


On January 26, the 2019 Spring Grand Service was held at Tenrikyo Church Headquarters. Many Yoboku and other followers returned to attend the Service.

After the reading of the service prayer, the Kagura Service and Teodori were performed. Despite the cold weather followers joyously sang to the Mikagura-uta.

After the Service, the sermon was delivered by Director-in-Chief of Administrative affairs Zensuke Nakata.

2019 Sechi Festival held


On January 4, the annual kagami-biraki (cutting of mirror-shaped rice cakes) was held at Church Headquarters. Over 1,000 Church Headquarters staff and Shuyoka students cut mochi, rice cakes that were offered by churches across Japan into large, medium, and smaller easy-to-eat sizes.

The next day, the 5th, the annual Sechi Festival was held until the 7th. Returnees could partake offered sake before going on to one of six venues in which they partook the Sechi, mochi roasted over charcoals and mizuna greens served in a hot broth. Students served the mochi, mizuna, and hot broth. Returnees came from all over Japan and overseas to attend the Sechi Festival.

Tenrikyo Young Men’s Association celebrates 100 years


The Tenrikyo Young Men’s Association (TYMA) held its 100th anniversary convention on October 28 in the Inner Courtyard of Tenrikyo Church Headquarters. The association that promotes young men as Arakitoryo, pioneers of the path, was founded in 1918.

President Daisuke Nakayama took the podium and spoke on the mission of TYMA members from three perspectives: 1) autonomy 2) to enjoy life and 3) world salvation.

This was followed by a speech by the Chief of Administrative Affairs Rev. Zensuke Nakata.

Then, a statement of resolve read by Chairman Yoshihito Ando and recitation of “guidelines for Arakitoryo.”

TYMA members not only celebrated their 100th anniversary but also collectively made resolutions for the future.

2018 Autumn Grand Service conducted


The 2018 Autumn Grand Service was conducted at Tenrikyo Church Headquarters on October 26. The Grand Service is conducted in commemoration of the founding of the teaching and followers from all over Japan and overseas returned to attend. After the reading of the service prayer, the Kagura Service and Teodori, Dance with Hand Movements, were conducted and followers sang the Mikagura-uta in unison.

After the Service, the sanctuary speech was delivered by the Head of Internal Affairs, Rev. Yoichiro Miyamori.

Disaster Relief Hinokishin Corps of Hokkaido Diocese dispatched to disaster area of the 2018 Eastern Iburi, Hokkaido Earthquake

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“2018 Eastern Iburi, Hokkaido Earthquake” occurred on early September 6, and severe shaking was observed with a magnitude 7 in Atsuma, and a magnitude 6 in two towns of Abira and Mukawa.

Disaster Relief Hinokishin Corps of Hokkaido Diocese received a request from the local government, and from September 11th to 16th, were dispatched to the heavily damaged towns of Atsuma and Mukawa.

A total of 217 members (including 38 women) cooperated in the start-up and operation of disaster volunteer centers in the two towns, and together with the general volunteers, they worked hard at the initial relief activities by the affected homes and other areas.


Nearly 1,000 Disaster Relief Hinokishin Corps members from 13 dioceses dispatched to Hiroshima

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It’s been about one month since the heavy rains in July 2018 that caused extensive damage mainly in western Japan.

As previously reported, the Tenrikyo Disaster Countermeasures Committee dispatched the Church Headquarters Disaster Relief Hinokishin Corps from August 8 to 19 to Sakamachi, Hiroshima Prefecture and the Minami-ku, Hiroshima City, which was hit by a large sediment disaster. Immediately after the occurrence of the disaster, Hiroshima Diocese Corps, who had been engaged in initial relief activities, took over the activities of the 1st to 4th units in succession.

Members responded to the requests of local social welfare councils and self-governing associations and carried out various relief activities.

The diocese units who were dispatched over 12 days was a total of 983 members from 13 dioceses including Hiroshima, Fukuoka, Saga, Mie, Osaka, Wakayama, Shiga, Hyogo, Yamaguchi, Nara, Aichi, Miyazaki and Kumamoto. The total amount of sediment, driftwood and debris carried out and transported amounted to 1,204 tons.



Daisuke and Nobue Nakayama’s baby girl is named “Masae”

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Daisuke and Nobue Nakayama’s baby girl, who was born on August 13, 5:38 a.m. at 3536 grams has been named “Masae” (まさえ).

Nobue Nakayama gives birth to a girl

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On August 13, 5:38 a.m., a girl was born to Daisuke-sama and Nobue-sama. The baby is the couple’s first child. Both the mother and baby are doing well. Congratulations to the new parents!

Disaster relief in Hiroshima

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“Heavy rain in July 2018” that caused extensive damage from June 28 to July 8, mainly in western Japan. As reported, Tenrikyo Disaster Countermeasure Committee dispatched this unit to both Ehime and Okayama prefectures to support Disaster Relief Hinokishin Corps.

Prior to this, this unit moved to Hiroshima Prefecture where each branch of the Hiroshima Diocese Corps had continued his initial relief efforts immediately after the occurrence of the disaster. On August 8, the month after the torrential rain, on August 8, each diocese team of Hiroshima, Fukuoka, Saga, and Mie was beginning activities in Hiroshima-shi Minami-ku Hiroshima, Sakamachi etc. as the first unit.

In Hiroshima prefecture, flooding of rivers and landslides occur frequently due to the heavy rain this time. Since the main road in the prefecture was closed, each branch of the Hiroshima diocese team had carried out removal of household goods and tatami mats from the afflicted houses and removal of earth and sand. In addition, house cleaning by high pressure washer, spraying disinfectant solution under the floor, etc.

This unit is exercised taking over such activities. In the evening of the 8th, the first corps ceremony was held at two places, Hiroshima Diocese Headquarters (Hiroshima City) which is the camping site and Onomichi branch church.

The 1st group will be dispatched until August 11th and disaster relief activities will continue to act until the 4th group.


Children’s Pilgrimage in full swing


Translation of video narration:

Under the new theme, “Gratitude! In joy we are united, to the Home of the Parent,” the 2018 Children’s Pilgrimage to Jiba began on July 26. The Home of the Parent is thronging with returning children. Educational and training activities include corridor wiping hinokishin, lectures, and musical instruments practice. Entertainment activities include Kodomo-yokocho (Children’s avenue) where traditional games can be played, swimming pools, and water pistol battles (Ninja Village).

Further, as measures to prevent heatstroke ice cold tea and salt are made available in various areas. Other measures include mist fans and first aid stations.

The Children’s Pilgrimage help nurture the “three promises” 1) Savor the joy of living; (2) Take good care of things; and (3) Help one another as well as a mind of gratitude and mutual help. The Children’s Pilgrimage is held until August 4.