Tenrikyo Language Institute (TLI) held its 23rd graduation ceremony on March 8 in honor of 64 graduates (Japanese Language Department, 44; Oyasato Fusekomi Department, 20). They were from 17 different countries and regions: South Korea, Taiwan, Hawaii, Brazil, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Colombia, Mexico, France, Nepal, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Paraguay, Venezuela, and Kenya.
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This year’s College Division of the Students Training Course was held at the Home of the Parent from March 3 through 9. A total of 516 university, junior college, graduate school, and technical school students assembled from various parts of the country to participate in the course. Through this weeklong training course―which included lectures, the practice of the dance and musical instruments for the service, hinokishin activities, group discussions, and so on―participants deepened their faith and friendship with one another.
Updated : : 2017-02-21 1:35 am
The betrothal ceremony of Successor-Designate Daisuke Nakayama and Miss Nobue Kamikawa was duly performed on February 1. Their wedding will take place on September 1.
Updated : : 2017-02-10 5:34 am
On January 26, the Spring Grand Service was performed in the Main Sanctuary of Church Headquarters with the Shinbashira presiding as chief officiant. The occasion, which came exactly one year after the Oyasama 130th Anniversary Service, drew approximately 65,000 Yoboku and followers, including many from overseas.
Updated : : 2017-02-10 4:52 am
The Sechi Festival, an annual New Year’s event at the Home of the Parent, was held from January 5 to 7. This long-lasting, traditional festival was first held when Oyasama was physically present. Many families and pilgrimage groups from various parts of Japan as well as some Diet members returned to Jiba during the three-day period.
Updated : : 2016-12-24 12:58 am
On November 19, “Tenrikyo Third Shinbashira Memorial Concert” (Sponsored by: Tenrikyo Institute of Music) was held in Kyoto. This concert was held in memory of the third Shinbashira, Zenye Nakayama, who passed away for rebirth on June 4, 2014. An audience of 1,433 people gathered on that day. Showing gratitude to the third Shinbashira, who lead the Institute of Music as the president since its establishment, three songs were performed including “O-Uta 12: Path of the Divine Model.”
Updated : : 2016-12-24 12:44 am
There is one month left this year—the year in which Oyasama’s 130th Anniversary Service was performed. The previous year was the final year of the pre-anniversary, where the followers strove to finish up their endeavors. Many directly supervised churches organized Besseki pilgrimage groups, resulting in 96,944 people and attending the Besseki lectures during that year. In order to keep the momentum to provide care and guidance to those who attended the Besseki, many churches organized Besseki pilgrimage groups this year as well. During the weekend of the November monthly service, many churches made pilgrimages to Jiba and the Home of the Parent was lively with many followers. There were a total of 4,108 followers who attended the Besseki lectures between the 23rd and 27th. The 27th alone had 2,021 followers attending the lecture—which was the most this year.
Updated : : 2016-11-26 8:44 am
Tenrikyo Nepal Renrakusho conducted a service to mark its 50th anniversary in the presence of the Shinbashira, his wife, and Successor-Designate Daisuke Nakayama. The commemorative service drew some 250 people.
A powerful earthquake struck Nepal in April 2015. Despite various difficulties caused by the earthquake, local followers had made tireless efforts to work for the salvation of others during the pre-anniversary period leading up to the 130th Anniversary of Oyasama.
On the day of the commemorative service, they took the Shinbashira’s words to heart and renewed their resolve to work toward the further growth of the path in Nepal.
Updated : : 2016-11-26 8:39 am
On October 21, a powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 6.6 occurred in central Tottori Prefecture. Tottori Diocese’s Disaster Relief Hinokishin Corps swung into action in Kurayoshi City, which is one of the worst-affected areas. Members of the corps conducted relief activities, such as removing debris and rubble.
Updated : : 2016-11-01 7:34 am
On October 27, the 92nd Tenrikyo Young Men’s Association Convention was held in the Inner Courtyard of Church Headquarters, drawing some 11,000 association members from all parts of Japan as well as overseas.
In his address, Association President Daisuke Nakayama encouraged members to strive to carry out the association activities leading up to its 100th anniversary in 2018.