JUNE Meeting: June 30

Temple Life in Rural Kyushu:

Insights from a British Buddhist Priest

with Victoria Yoshimura

Date:              Thursday, June 30, 2022

Time:              7:00–9:00 p.m.

Place:             Zoom (Link will be sent about 30 minutes before event start.)

Cost:              FEW members: FREE

                       Nonmembers (women only): ¥1,000 

Register:        By Wednesday, June 29, midnight

We’ve all been to temples and shrines, but how much do we really know about the role of priests and temples in Japanese life? You may have wondered any number of things, including: Aren't Buddhist priests supposed to be celibate? Why do some priests drive around in expensive cars and wear luxury watches? Why does a random priest appear at my mother-in-law's house every month and why do we have to give them money? What are the logistics of dying in Japan? And why are there so many temples and shrines around when so many Japanese claim not to be religious?

This month, Victoria Yoshimura will explore some of these themes and explain the role of her temple, a Pure Land (Jodo Shinshu) temple deep in the mountains of central Kyushu. Victoria qualified as a priest and works alongside her husband, Junsho, who is the 17th generation of the Yoshimura family to be guardians of Gembuzan Shonenji Temple in Takachiho-cho, Miyazaki-ken. Victoria will share insights into temple life with good humor and a dose of reality, but no promise for enlightenment! 

Join us for a fun and enlightening evening!

Our Speaker: Victoria Yoshimura

Victoria Yoshimura is a senior ordained priest in her family’s 450-year-old Pure Land Buddhist temple. She came to Japan from the UK through the JET program and, like many of us, never expected to be here for the long term. Fast forward 30 years, Victoria is always in motion, juggling teaching in the local schools, running a luxury lodge at the temple, managing her English conversation school, and traveling as a guest speaker alongside her priest duties and raising three children (now young adults). 

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