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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.

Children’s Pilgrimage to Jiba begins

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Sponsored by Tenrikyo Church Headquarters, the Children’s Pilgrimage to Jiba began on July 26. The Oyasato Parade is held as the night event, where marching bands, Boys and Girls Hinokishin Corps from each diocese, colorful floats, and character balloons bring joy to watching children. The new Children’s Pilgrimage theme song, Daisuki na o-Jiba e (To my beloved Jiba) was played together by many fife and drum bands. Also, groups from overseas such as places as Hawaii, Brazil, and Taiwan participated in the parade. The Oyasato Parade is held nightly until August 4.

Disaster Relief Hinokishin Corps (DRHC) dispatched to areas affected by July’s heavy rains

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The DRHC of Okayama Diocese were dispatched to assist in the recovery effort in the aftermath of an explosion at an aluminum factory in Soja City.

The DRHC of Aichi, Gifu, Hyogo, Yamaguchi dioceses were also dispatched to affected areas.



Disaster relief in Northern Kyushu

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Record rains in Fukuoka and Oita prefecture on July 5 caused rivers to overflow and trigger mudslides. As of July 12, 29 people were found dead and 21 missing.

The Disaster Relief Hinokishin Corps of Fukuoka Diocese were dispatched to Asakura City to assist in the recovery effort and distribute water. Women’s members of Fukuoka Diocese prepared meals at a nearby elementary school.

Disaster relief in Northern Osaka

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In response to the earthquake on June 18 the Disaster Relief Hinokishin Corps (DRHC) of Osaka Diocese were dispatched to cover damaged roofs with blue sheets. The Hyogo and Nara Diocese DRHC are scheduled to be dispatched between July 1 and 6.

Daisuke-sama weds Nobue Kamikawa


Successor Designate Daisuke Nakayama wed Nobue Kamikawa at the Main Sanctuary on September 1. They exchanged nuptial cups of sake in front of the everliving Oyasama. 

A large number of Yoboku and other followers descended on the Parental Home to celebrate their marriage. The couple waved as onlookers shouted out words of congratulations.

A wedding reception was held in the afternoon attended by family, Service performers, and directly-supervised church ministers.

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.