Shin Buddhism Shinshu Izumoji-ha Ryokeiji Temple

真宗出雲路派 八王子山 了慶寺

Ryokeiji Temple

 Welcome to the Home Page of Ryokeiji Temple.(*)
           owned by Rev. Koju Fujieda



  2-8-31 Oshida, Echizen City, Fukui Pref., 915-0083, JAPAN

     ★Our Sunday School was reported in a free paper.
  ☆The Dharma Card for this month.
★A Bookmark of the Mind: Essay
   ☆Gunmo essay has been updated.
Questionnaire on the Nembutsu)
    Photos of the recent temple activities
  ●The nembutsu poet Muso's 33rd Anniversary
      service ended successfully
    kunitaka 3rd graders visit (2015-11-13).pptx へのリンク
    ◎Koju Fujieda's Gunmo essay was translated into Dutch
     and printed in the Eko, a quarterly in Belgium. 
 ☆This month's Photo Haiku is shown here.

   ★Thirteen Buddhist Sects in Japan (List)
★Shinran's 750th Anniversary Services in Video   

☆New Books published
      "Another Point of View to reassess one's own Life"
                          (in Japanese)
      "Fifty Years of the Gunmo" ---Dharma Talks by
       32 members of Byakugo Society from seven schools of
       Shin Buddhism" (in Japanese)
    ”Aging Invites You to Easy Dharma talks for Peacefulness"
         (in Japanese)
    ☆Word index for this web site is available here.


 Special Service
    New PDF free book:  Another Point of View
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     ◎Free PDF book: Towards the Seat of Dharma Hearing
        This PDF book has been introduced in the latest Newsletter of IASBS.


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Shin Buddhism Shinshu Izumoji-ha Ryokei-ji Temple

真宗出雲路派 八王子山 了慶寺

DVD: Itadakimasu

Kamishibai (Picture-Story Show)
 Kamishibai is a "paper drama" in lietral translation, usually translated as a "picture-sotry show," which has been a unique type of patime mostly for children in Japan. It was very popular for them at post-war times because movies were expensive and the televison had not been introduced yet. In downtown the kamishibai man was often seen perfoming the narration of the show to boys and girls around his bicycle.
  Even today when children are used to the televion and other sophisticated pastimes,the kamishibai is often used at nursery and primary schools as it is handy and the personal performance by the teacher attracts the children better from a different angle.
  As is mentioned in the activity chapter, a series of seven Buddhist picture stories were compiled and are used at Sunday schools, kindergartens, and the like, sometimes even at old people's homes.

  Out of the above mentioned picture stories two were translated and composed as a DVD in English. The introductive pamphlet of the first goes as follows:

  How do you begin each meal?  Do you say grace? Perhaps you may thank the cook.  In Japan it is customary to begin a meal with a simple praise ‘Itadakimasu’ or ‘I will eat this meal with thanks’.

         But often, a customary practice can become just a matter of form.  Children who are not accustomed to saying Itadakimasu, may sometimes question its meaning and thus revive the true spirit of the custom.

         Such is the case in the first DVD when the children question their teacher as to why they must say Itadakimasu. From the teacher’s explanation one can learn an important Buddhist belief.

         We hope you will enjoy this DVD presentation and share it with your family and friends.



     The fifth scene from Itadakimasu

You can watch part of the DVD when you click the picture.

  <The DVD is narrated by Ms. Echo Heron, author of Intensive Care.
  <The price of the DVD (two stories) is 2,100 yen. >


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