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ICJC - YIS Curriculum Enhancement Programs

ICJC - YIS Curriculum Enhancement Programs
〜 Grade 8 Buddhist Temple Study Tour 〜

Temple Priest Shojun Okano

ICJC supports all curriculum programs and activities at Yokohama International School starting in the Early Learning Center through High School with the Curriculum Enhancement Programs. Today's program is a visit to Kodo Kyodan Buddhist Temple with 3rd generation temple priest Shojun Okano. This visit is part of the Grade 8 MYP study unit on World Religions: "Religions are beief systems shaping culture and perspective on the world we live in". Students will have a a lecture followed by a tour of the temple architecture and grounds.

Kodosan is a contemporary lay Buddhist order based in the ancient tradition of Japanese Tendai and founded in 1936 by Rev. Shodo Okano (1900-78)and Mrs. Kimiko Okano (1902-76). Rev. Shokan Okano (1925-) and Rev. Shojun Okano (1960-) are the second and third generation priests.Located on Mt. Torigoe, Kodosan commands a panoramic view of the Yokohama International Harbor, as well as Mt. Fuji, the symbol of Japan. The Buddha Relics Tower, Main Worship Hall, Mausoleum of the founder Presidents, Mahakala temple and the Bell of Peace are the main monuments and buildings in the temple complex. Hundreds of cherry-blossom and bamboo trees add beauty and sublimity to the serenity and grandeur of the temple.