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Immigrants to the Pure LandThe Modernization, Acculturation, and Globalization of Shin Buddhism, 1898-1941$
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Michihiro Ama

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780824834388

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824834388.001.0001

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Local and Translocal Activities of Issei Shin Buddhist Ministers

Local and Translocal Activities of Issei Shin Buddhist Ministers

(p.168) Chapter Seven Local and Translocal Activities of Issei Shin Buddhist Ministers
Immigrants to the Pure Land

Michihiro Ama

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter contends that although the two branches of the Honpa Honganji Mission of Hawaii (HHMH) were systematized under the rubric of Imperial Japan, there were several instances in which the critical ethos of Shin Buddhism survived in modern Japan. This independent attitude can be traced to Shinran. During the Meiji period, Manshi Kiyozawa personally criticized the Imperial Rescript. Kenmyō Takagi, another Higashi Honganji priest, opposed the Russo-Japanese War, the institutionalized practice of discrimination, and state-sponsored prostitution. Imamura’s social engagement in Hawaii can be seen as reflecting the same spirit, especially when he questioned the laws of the United States. His assistance to the Nikkei workers in the 1920 strike and to the Issei educators in their initial test case can be read as another instance of Japanization, evoking Shin analytical attitudes, and as Americanization.

Keywords:   Honpa Honganji Mission of Hawaii, HHMH, Manshi Kiyozawa, Imperial Rescript, Kenmyō Takagi, Higashi Honganji priest

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