Everything But Nirvana: The Authentic Leadership Journey of a Japanese Buddhist, Shoukei MATSUMOTO

Commute to temple

Like a regular "Salary-man" (in Japan, we call a business man so) I commute every morning from home to my workplace, Komyoji temple.


This is not the case of most Buddhist priests. They, owner family priests, basically live in the temple with family and maintain the building as the caretaker of temple. But I am not an owner family member. I am hired. So I live in an apartment with family outside the temple and commute everyday.


I would like to show you the route from my home to Komyoji temple.


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A small shrine along "Yomise-Dori (night market street)" in Yanaka. Every time my son stops at this place and give prayer to Jizo. This person is not me though.


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Suzuran street is branched out from Yomise Dori. There are lots of Snacks (drinking with ladies) and Izakayas (just drinking).

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Shinobazu street. It runs mainly in Bunkyo-district, academic area in Tokyo.


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Sendagi station, Chiyoda-line, Tokyo metro.


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Buy train ticket.


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Tokyo metro issues discount ticket for weekend ride. I usually work in the weekend so I often use it.


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Inside metro train. 50% of people are texting with iPhone or Android mobile. 20% are reading. 20% are sleeping. 5% are spaced out. 5% are talking. This distribution is very different from India.


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Change train from Chiyoda-line to Hibiya-line. Everybody walks fast or runs.


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In the weekend morning, it's not bad to use metro. But weekdays, it's totally packed.


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Kamiyacho Station. Weekend, this business district is very calm.


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Arrived at Komyoji Temple.


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View from my room. I change clothes and start working.

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Shoukei MATSUMOTO
>>Profile Born in 1979 in Hokkaido, after the graduation from The University of Tokyo, Keisuke Matsumoto has worked in Komyoji Temple Tokyo for 7 years. As a head of Young Buddhist Association of Komyoji Temple, he launched new initiatives like Temple Cafe Project and Twilight Music Festival. After studying MBA in India, he is teaching "Temple Management" in Japan.