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Lucia Dolce

In: The SAGE Handbook of Modern Japanese Studies

Chapter 3: The Practice of Religion in Japan: An Exploration of the State of the Field

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The Practice of Religion in Japan: An Exploration of the State of the Field
The Practice of Religion in Japan: An Exploration of the State of the Field
Lucia Dolce

Banshōji 万松寺 is an ancient Buddhist temple in the Osu district of central Nagoya, affiliated to the Sōtō denomination of Zen.1 Squeezed within the streets of an extensive shopping arcade lined with small shops selling traditional goods and amusement parlours, it looks like many other temples in the middle of a bustling modern city. Its illustrious pedigree is attested by the grave of the Oda family, kept in a small back yard accessible from the street. The temple was originally built in –Owari province by the father of Oda Nobunaga, the famous sixteenth-century daimyō, and moved to this area in 1610. Its main hall was rebuilt ...

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