Oyasama 130th Anniversary

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Oyasama 130th Anniversary Service, January 26, 2016 (Tenrikyo 179), 10:30

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Miki Nakayama, the Foundress of Tenrikyo, withdrew from physical life on the lunar calender date of January 26, 1887. After observing Her First, Fifth, and Tenth anniversaries, Tenrikyo has conducted the subsequent anniversaries every decade.

In Tenrikyo, a person’s death is referred to as “passing away for rebirth.” It is customary for Tenrikyo followers to conduct memorial services in years that mark important junctures (such as the first, fifth, tenth, and every decade thereafter). Oyasama’s anniversaries are, however, fundamentally different from such memorial services.

Out of Her single-hearted parental love that is intent on the salvation of all human beings throughout the world, She went through hardships and adversities in high spirits, thereby demonstrating a path that can save all people in the world. In order to hasten salvation and urge the spiritual growth of human beings, Oyasama shortened Her term of life by twenty-five years and withdrew from physical life in 1887. Yet, by virtue of Her eternal life, She continues to work for world salvation now, as ever before.

Tenrikyo has observed the anniversaries of Oyasama whereby the followers have set themselves a goal to achieve as they worked to respond to the parental love of Oyasama. The followers of the path have striven to attain a new level of spiritual growth in anticipation of each important juncture represented by Oyasama’s anniversary in the hope of bringing joy to Her.

In the three-year lead-up to the 130th Anniversary of Oyasama, all of us in the Tenrikyo community are making a committed, focused, and concerted effort to carry out salvation work, starting with whatever we can. We are in the final year in which we are giving finishing touches to the effort we have been making. Those who have been saved are now returning to Jiba and attending the Besseki lectures so that they can grow into Yoboku who strive to help save others.

The 130th Anniversary of Oyasama is the day when all of us followers are to show the everliving Oyasama how much we have grown spiritually. It is also the day when we will take a fresh, new step forward in realizing the world of the Joyous Life.

*Jiba: The original place where God the Parent created humankind. In the broad sense of the term, it refers to the area surrounding Jiba, i.e., the Home of the Parent.
*Yoboku: This word refers to the people who have completed the series of nine Besseki lectures and received the truth of the Sazuke, which is a means to save those suffering from illness. The word “Yoboku” literally means “useful timber” for the construction of the Joyous Life World.
*Besseki: This refers to the special lectures given in Jiba to convey the teachings of God the Parent.

Oyasama 130th Anniversary Service

at 10:30 on January 26, 2016

Service Proceedings

  • 1. The Shinbashira and other Service performers will leave the Staff Quarters.
  • 2. Paying respects to Oyasama
  • 3. Paying respects at the Memorial Hall
  • 4. Paying respects to God the Parent
  • 5. Reading the Service prayer and worshiping
  • 6. Kagura Service
  • 7. Dance with the Hand Movements
  • 8. Sermon by the Shinbashira
  • 9. Paying respects to God the Parent
  • 10. Paying respects to Oyasama
  • 11. Reading the prayer at the Foundress’ Sanctuary and worshiping
  • 12. Paying respects at the Memorial Hall


  • We are expecting a large turnout for the Anniversary Service. You should allow extra time in your schedule.
  • You may not go through the Corridor (East and West) for about one hour after the Service and the Shinbashira’s sermon. The Foundress’ Hall can be accessed from the Inner Courtyard.
  • Wheelchair users are requested to use the West Basement Entrance, the elevator in the West Corridor, or the Wheelchair Ramp Entrance. For safety reasons, the number of wheelchairs in the Corridor and the Sanctuaries may be limited. The elevator in the East Corridor will be closed.
  • The streets around the Sanctuary precincts as well as the parking lots will be crowded. If using cars or buses, you are advised to adjust your schedule accordingly or allow extra time to reach your destination.
  • Please refer to the Oyasato Map (the map showing useful information including facilities, services, and traffic restrictions) in advance. The map can be downloaded below and is available in print at the Precincts Section, Doyusha bookstores, and the followers dormitories.
    Download(Oyasato Map)

Morning and Evening Services

Morning Service
Evening Service

Salvation Work in the Main Sanctuary

Registration begins at 14:30.
Attendants’ Room at the south end of the West Worship Hall

Grant of Safe Childbirth & Proof Amulet

8:00-9:30 / 14:30-16:30
Foundress’ Hall 2

Besseki & Basics Course

No Besseki lectures or Besseki Pledge on Jan. 26.

The only Basics Course available begins at 14:30.

*For information on the Besseki lectures and Basics Course on other days, please see under “Besseki & Events.”

Besseki & Events

Baggage room

Mishima Kokaido Community Center (see map below)

*No baggage may be deposited at the Precincts Section South Branch Office.

Traffic Restrictions for Pedestrians (Jan. 26)

AThe stairs that connect the Sanctuary precincts and Tenri Hondori Arcade near the Precincts Section South Branch Office will become one-way from the shopping street to the Main Sanctuary. You will not be allowed to walk down the stairs to the shopping street.

BThe stairs on the south side of the West Basement Entrance of the Main Sanctuary (near the parking area for bicycles and motorcycles) will be closed.

Rest Areas (Jan. 25 & 26)

Location 25th 26th
Marquee located to the north of 
Foundress’ Hall 3
noon-17:00 6:00-16:00
Dining Hall 2 - 5:00-16:00
Marquee near 
East Right Wing 1
- 9:00-15:00

*Complimentary tea will be served on the 26th. You may eat there except during the Service (10:30–noon).

First-Aid Stations (Jan. 25–27)

Locations 25th 26th 27th
Main Sanctuary Attendants’ Room (West) - 9:30-
Staff Quarters 
(2nd floor)
- 9:30-
Fire Safety Section Building 9:00 on Jan. 25-
21:00 on Jan. 26
Precincts Section West Branch Office 9:00-
Tea Service Center - 8:00-
East Right Wing 1 (1st floor) - 9:00-
Besseki Lecture
Hall (East Left Wing 1 / 2nd floor)
- 8:00-
South 4 Parking Lot 10:00-
Waiting Area in Bus Loading/Unloading Area on the north side of Kita-oji Ave. noon-
South Right Wing 2 *Between Jan. 24 and 31

Lunch (Jan. 26)

Packed Curry Lunch

Orders should be placed at your own followers dormitory (in accordance with the regular procedures for the Besseki attendants’ lunch) by 14:00 on that day. Each packed curry lunch costs 250 yen.

Please bring your meal ticket to Dining Hall 6 between 9:00 and 14:30 to pick up your packed curry lunch.

*Packed lunches should be picked up for your group as a whole.

You may eat in such places as Dining Halls 1, 3, and 5, or in other rest areas. Dining Halls 1 & 3 are open between 9:00 and 16:00 while Dining Hall 5 is open between 9:30 and 14:30.

Please note that packed lunches will not be distributed during the Service between 10:30 and noon. Please do not eat during the Service.

Packed Onigiri (Rice Balls) Lunch

Packed Onigiri Lunch contains two rice balls. Orders should be place at your followers dormitory by Jan. 21. It costs 180 yen each. It will be delivered to your followers dormitory for you to pick up.

Lost & Found

Lost Child

Precincts Section South Branch Office Phone: (0743) 63-1785 or ext. 3670

*During night hours, please contact the Precincts Section Main Office.

Lost & Found

Precincts Section Main Office Phone: (0743) 63-2562 or ext. 3601

Nursing Rooms (Jan. 25 & 26)

Locations 25th 26th
North of the Wheelchair Ramp Entrance noon-17:00 8:00-16:00
Near East Hand-Washing Facility noon-17:00 8:00-16:00
Precincts Section South Branch Office 8:30-17:15 8:30-17:15
Precincts Section West Branch Office 8:30-17:15 8:30-17:15
West Basement Entrance 8:30-17:15 8:30-17:15
South 4 Parking Lot 10:00-17:00 8:00-16:00
Bus Loading/Unloading Area on the north side of Kita-oji Ave. noon-17:00 8:00-16:00
Bus Loading/Unloading Area to the south of Toyoda-sansha noon-17:00 8:00-16:00

Ikoi-no-Ie Hospital

Ikoi-no-Ie Outpatient Center will be closed on January 26. In case of emergency, please contact its emergency call service.

Phone: (0743) 63-5611


  • Wheelchairs can be borrowed at the registration desks set up at the parking lots for the disabled, as well as the bus loading and unloading area on the north side of Kita-oji Avenue, during the hours of operation.
  • There are elevators available in the West Basement Entrance of the Main Sanctuary and the West Corridor. Also, wheelchair users can access the West Corridor through the Wheelchair Ramp Entrance.
  • Please change into an indoor wheelchair to enter the Sanctuaries.
  • The elevator in the East Corridor will be closed on Jan. 26.

Interpretation Services and Guided Tours

Simultaneous Interpretation (Jan. 26)

Simultaneous interpretation will be provided for the prayer and sermon at the Oyasama 130th Anniversary Service in the following languages: English, Mandarin, Taiwanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, French, Thai, Nepali, and Filipino.

Headsets can be borrowed at the Precincts Section South Branch Office from 9:00. You can receive the audio in the worship halls, Foundress’ Sanctuary, Corridor, and the designated areas in the Inner Courtyard.

Interpretation for the Besseki lectures, Besseki pledge, Grant of Safe Childbirth, Proof Amulet, etc.

If you need interpretation for the Besseki lectures, Besseki pledge, Sazuke bestowal, salvation work in the Main Sanctuary, Grant of Safe Childbirth, Proof Amulet, or guided tours of the Sanctuaries in languages other than Japanese, please contact the Translation Section (0743-63-1511, ext. 5364) at least one day in advance.

Reception Desks for Offerings(Jan. 24-26)

Besides the regular hours and locations, offerings will be accepted at the following locations during the hours listed below:

Locations 24th 25th 26th
East side of the Foundress’ Hall (underneath the Corridor) - 8:00-
North side of the Precinct Section South Branch Office noon-
In front of Dining Hall 1
North 1 Parking Lot (west side of Moya 38) Anytime between noon on Jan. 24 and 17:00 on Jan. 26 (24hrs)

*If offerings are excessive in size, weight, or number, please contact the Offerings Section (0743-63-1511, ext. 3550) in advance.

  • Besseki Pledge, Besseki Lectures and Sazuke Bestowal (Jan. 24–28 except on Jan. 26)

    Submitting the Application Form to Receive the Truth of the Sazuke
    Please submit the application form personally to the Besseki Lecture Registration Desk on the first floor of East Left Wing 1.
    Taking the Besseki Pledge
    Please hand in the Application Form to Attend the Besseki Lectures at the Besseki Lecture Registration Desk on the first floor of East Left Wing 1. You will take the pledge in its first basement.

    *The registration desk for those who will take the pledge and attend the lectures in Japanese is different from the one for those in other languages. Please register at the relevant desk.

    *For schedules for the Besseki lectures in languages other than Japanese, please see “Besseki Calendar.”

  • Historical Buildings

    The doors of the historical buildings will be opened on the dates listed below. Audio guides will be available in Japanese, English, Mandarin, Taiwanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Thai.

    Jan. 24–31, 2016 (except on Jan. 26)

    *The “Historical Buildings” handouts in several languages continue to be available at the location.

  • Exhibition of Kagura Masks

    Exhibition of the “kagura masks” that were used in the Service in the past

    Jan. 24: 9:00-17:00
    Jan. 25: 9:00-17:00 / 18:00-19:00
    Jan. 26: 14:30-17:00 / 18:00-19:00
    Jan. 27-31: 9:00-17:00
    Feb. 25–27, Mar. 25–27, Apr. 17–19, 25–27: TBA
    South Right Wing 2, 1st basement

    *The room plan is available in Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, French, German, Thai, Indonesian, Nepali, Filipino, Vietnamese, Mongolian

  • Photo Exhibition: Remembering the Past Anniversaries of Oyasama

    Exhibition on the past anniversaries of Oyasama as well as the predecessors’ activities related to them

    Oct. 22, 2015–May 8, 2016
    Jan. 24–31: Same as the Exhibition of Kagura Masks
    Other days: 9:00–16:00 (except during the Service)
    South Right Wing 2, 1st floor
  • “Welcome Back: Jiba, the Home of All Humankind” Video Presentation

    A video presentation, showing the four seasons in the Home of the Parent, portraying Oyasama’s parental love, and introducing the joy of returning to Jiba through interviews with followers. *The presentation will last about 20 minutes.

    Starts on January 24, 2016
    Jan. 24: 9:40 / 10:40 / 11:40 / 13:00 / 14:00 / 15:00 / 16:00
    Jan. 25: 9:30 / 10:10 / 10:50 / 11:30 / 12:50 / 13:30 / 14:10 / 14:50 / 15:30 / 16:10 / 18:20
    Jan. 26: 14:10 / 14:50 / 15:30 / 16:10 / 18:20
    Jan. 27-31: 11:15 / 13:00
    South Right Wing 2, 2nd basement

    *The video presentation is also available in English, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, French, Thai, Nepali, and others.
    Overseas Department’s Translation Section Phone: 0743-63-2433 ext. 5364

    *Other events are also being held in South Right Wing 2.
    Basics Course Section (events) Phone: 0743-63-2054 ext. 5145

  • Events at Yoki Hall

    Jan. 24
    Orchestra Concert by Tenrikyo Institute of Music at
    Jan. 26
    Ocarina Concert by Zenkyu at
    Jan. 27
    Movie “Kaisei no bokensha” (only in Japanese) at
    Movie “Kekko Gensan” (only in Japanese) at
    Movie “Yamada Ihachiro” (only in Japanese) at
    Jan. 29
    Movie “Shimizu Yonosuke to sono tsuma” (only in Japanese) at
    Movie “Taigu Taemon” (only in Japanese) at
    Movie “Hirano Narazo” (only in Japanese) at
    Jan. 30
    Concert of Violin, Flute, and Piano at
    Jan. 31
    Movie “Funanori Unosuke” (only in Japanese) at
    Movie “Nagai Tonneru” (only in Japanese) at
    Movie “Shinjitsu no tane koso” (only in Japanese) at

    All events are free of charge. Yoki Hall is located on the 4th floor of South Right Wing 2. The doors will open 30 minutes prior to each event.

    Contact the Basics Course Section for event-related inquiries. 0743-63-2054 (ext. 5145)

  • Basics Course (Jan. 24-31)

    Jan. 24: 9:30 / 13:00 / 13:30
    Jan. 25: 9:30 / 13:00 / 13:30
    Jan. 26: 14:30
    Jan. 27-31: 9:30 / 13:30 (Jan. 28 & 29: only at 13:30)
    about one and a half hours
    30 minutes prior to the lecture
    South Right Wing 2
    Anyone aged 15 or above
    500 yen
    English, Mandarin, Taiwanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, French, German, Indonesian, Thai, Nepali

    If you wish to attend the course, please contact the Overseas Human Resources Development Committee no later than one week prior to the desired date.

    For languages other than those mentioned above, such as Hindi, Filipino, Italian, and Cantonese, please contact the committee.

    Contact: Overseas Human Resources Development Committee
    Tel: 0743-63-2421 / 0743-63-1511 (ext. 5348)
    Email: jinzai@tenrikyo.or.jp

    About the Basics Course