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

The city of Kami (Gods in Japan)

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This weekend, I visited Izumo city in Shimane prefecture. Fujiwara-san, a head priest of Sairakuji temple, invited me to his temple's annual memorial ceremony for Shiran-Shonin who is the founder of Jodo-shinshu.

It was the first time for me to visit Izumo. It was just amazing. Izumo is known for Izumo-Taisha, one of the most famous Shinto shrine in Japan. Izumo-Taisha is very special not only for people but also for all of Japanese gods.

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During Kamiari-zuki or November, all of the gods in Japan get together at the shrine and have an annual meeting to discuss how they make Japan's following year. Kamiari-zuki means "The month of gods". In contrast, most of the region except Izumo calls November Kanna-zuki, which means "The month of no god". Now you know that it is because all of gods in Japan get together at Izumo-Taisha in November so no god exist in all the areas in Japan except Izumo.

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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.