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Interreligious dialogue with Mammon?
Father William Grimm, Tokyo

May 16, 2017

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Shortly after my ordination and assignment to Japan, an elderly Japanese priest told me about an experience he had as a young man sometime before World War II. A European bishop was visiting Tokyo, and the then-young priest was assigned to be his tour guide for a day.

In the morning, they went to the Ginza shopping district and spent time exploring department stores. The bishop was impressed at how up-to-date everything seemed, and praised Japan for its embrace of Western modernity.

In the afternoon, they visited Tokyo's oldest Buddhist temple, Senso-ji, which dates back to 645 A.D., though the present buildings are replacements of those that burned down in World War II bombing raids that destroyed most of Tokyo. The temple, more commonly known as Asakusa Kannon, is one of the most-visited spiritual sites in the world, with some 30 million people coming each year. Most of them are probably tourists, and when I take visitors there, I get the impression that most of those tourists are Chinese.

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