Monetary Offerings Through PayPay, QR Code in the Main Temple

Monetary Offerings Through PayPay, QR Code in the Main Temple

Shoon-ji in Fukui, “Even Buddhism Will Adapt With the Current Era”

People can now make donations using electronic money. From February 1st, at Shoon-ji (a Buddhist temple located in Fukui Prefecture, Fukui City, Togonika-cho), visitors can make monetary offerings using PayPay, an electronic payment service on smartphones. Visitors looking to use this method can visit the main temple building, scan the QR code by the saisen box (a wooden coin box), enter a desired amount, then put their palms together for a wish or prayer.

“Even with Buddhism, we want to adapt with the methods of the current era,” said the chief priest of the temple.

From 2016, the 17th generation chief priest Gyosen Asakura (aged 52) began performing the “Techno Buddhist Service”, where True Pure Land Buddhism services are combined with techno music, as a way to try and bring more of the younger generations into the temple. Gaining attention domestically and internationally for his high musicianship and new method of Buddhism, the Sakai City resident/singer-songwriter/Buddhist priest released a mini CD album, which was a collaborative project with HINATAKAKO during 2018. Asakura got the idea to set up “a matching system for monetary offerings” when installing the PayPay system in line with the sale of his CD at the temple.

“We have not heard of such a thing within the prefecture,” commented the Fukui Buddhist Federation (located in Fukui City) about the progressive initiative. The introduction of cashless payment systems for things such as sale of charms or monetary offerings could be seen as a service to accommodate foreign tourists visiting Japan’s shrines and temples, as well as a countermeasure against crime.

On the other side, the Kyoto Buddhism Federation (located in Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto City) commented on the danger of third-party groups obtaining personal information of its religious followers; a statement was released last June in which cashless payments “should not be accepted when it comes to religious activities, including monetary offerings.”

“It’s convenient for times when I don’t have the right about of change for making offerings,” a homemaker living close to Shoon-ji commented, with no sign of resistance towards the concept.

“In contrast to long ago, when Buddhist temples received support through material donations of necessities, such as food and clothing, whether it’s appropriate to accept this new for of money is a debated issue. Especially considering these modern times, I wish for more consideration of methods that fit with the era, without fear of controversy,” said chief priest Asakura.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1022329

Fukui to Receive Snowfall Until Late Night on the 10th, for the 11th…

Fukui to Receive Snowfall Until Late Night on the 10th, for the 11th…

Weather Forecast by the Fukui Local Meteorological Office

On February 10th, a cold wave entered Fukui Prefecture, resulting in snowfall. According an 11:00 a.m. weather forecast by the Fukui Local Meteorological Office, it will be cloudy throughout different parts of the day. The chance of precipitation was reported to be 70% until midnight, going into the 11th, and snowfall will likely continue throughout the afternoon. During National Foundation Day on the 11th, it will be sunny with some areas expected to see snow until dawn.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, regarding the amount of snowfall in different areas within Fukui Prefecture during the 24-hour period until 10:00 a.m. of the February 10th, Echizen City, Ono City, and Tsuruga City each received 1 centimetre of snowfall, while Kuzuryu within Ono City saw 2 centimetres of snow. Fukui City, Minamiechizen Town, and Obama City accumulated zero centimetres of snow.

On the 11th, the predicted morning lows within Fukui Prefecture are 2⁰C in Fukui City, 0⁰C in Ono City, and 4⁰C in Tsuruga City. The temperature highs are expected to be 10⁰C in Fukui City, 8⁰C in Ono City, and 10⁰C in Tsuruga City. The chance of precipitation in the Reihoku and Reinan regions were both reported at 30% until 6:00 a.m., and 0% after 6:00 a.m.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1026473