Japanese Memorial Services and “Vagabond” does Shinran.

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Buddhist groups, above showing the Otani-ha, with a large membership and temple network in Northwestern region of Japan were severely affected by the earthquake and tsunami that hit the region in early March. With over one hundred Otani-ha temples and graveyards damaged or flooded. In response, money and supplies have flowed from headquarters and parish districts throughout Japan, some collected at a mass vigil attended by over 4,000 people at the head temple in Kyoto, called Higashi Honganji. As well, a growing number of affiliated temples, schools, and meeting halls have opened their gates and are prepared to house displaced individuals and families for many months regardless of religious affiliation.

On the 49th day, the sojourning spirit settles into its new life. On the 49th day after the earthquake and tsunami, Japanese Buddhist organizations will be settling into longer-term projects of relief and reconstruction, actively facilitating the process of recovery, even as the nuclear crises and hardships of displacement continue. They perform rites, and work through their institutions, for a Tohoku and Kanto region reborn. <source>

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Memorial screen to commemorate the 750th anniversary of the death of Shinran commissioned to manga artist Inoue Takehiko.

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