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First session of Seminar for Successors held

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The first session of the Seminar for Successors was held in the Parental Home between August 28 and 30. The Seminar is geared toward successors of the path between age 20 and 40. Participants learn how to live based on the teachings and deepen their faith through the Seminar program. The Seminar’s theme is implementing the Joyous Life on a daily basis. Participants spent a fulfilling three days attending lectures and faith experience speeches. The Seminar for Successors is scheduled to have 25 sessions held until March next year.

Tenri High School advances to final four of national tournament


Tenri High School advanced to the final four of the 99th National Baseball Tournament held at Koshien Stadium with a 13-9 victory over Meiho High School (Oita) yesterday. It will be Tenri’s third final four appearance, the first in 27 years.

Tomorrow, Tenri will be facing powerhouse Koryo High School (Hiroshima) in the semifinal.


High School Division of Students Training Course

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The High School Division of Students Training Course was held in Jiba between August 9 and 15. Divided by grade, the training course offers lectures in the basic teachings, hinokishin, Service dance and musical instruments practice.

Students also visited historical sites such as the birthplace of Oyasama and held an indoor athletic meet. Participants took a step forward after spending a week in the Parental Home together.

Ceremony to reinstall the Kanrodai

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In response to the knot on the evening of July 26, a Ceremony to reinstall the Kanrodai will be held.

  • “Commencement of Activities Ceremony” August 8, 9:00 a.m.
  • Ceremony to reinstall the Kanrodai August 24, 6:30 p.m.; evening service will be held from 5:30 p.m., an hour and a half earlier than usual *This will be followed by a thanksgiving service

2017 Children’s Pilgrimage to Jiba begins

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On July 26, the Children’s Pilgrimage to Jiba, sponsored by Church Headquarters, began.

At least 30 attractions are available, including pools, Ninja Village, and musicals. This year’s theme is “Spreading smiles. Mutual help.”

Over 20,000 children are expected to return during the Children’s Pilgrimage, which is scheduled to run until August 4.

Regarding the knot on the evening of July 26


At around 18:20 on July 26, we were shown the knot of a trespasser entering the Inner Sanctuary and knocking over the upper sections of the Kanrodai.

The evening service was held as scheduled that evening.

After evening service, an emergency meeting of Honbu-in (executive officers of Church Headquarters) was held. The Shinbashira spoke at the start of the meeting. The assembled Honbu-in then held a discussion on the knot.

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.