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Cafe de la Terra

August 4, 2009

125 Yabe-cho, Totsuka-ku, Yokohama 244-0002

We wonder if temples were originally a place like a cafe?

How often do we get together with neighbors in our daily life?  Eat together, study together, and talk?  Temples were once places for people to get together, a center of the community and form of “local media” that disseminated information for all people to use.
Please come to the temple, away from busy daily life and come to a place where you can enjoy some slow time.  There, you can find the relationship between the human community and the Earth.  Now, we don’t have time to be busy anymore!

What is Cafe de la Tera? Tera means o-tera, or temple in Japanese.  In Italian, terra means land.  We hope that people re-connect to each other through the temple, and reconnect to the land through coffee.

Cafe de la Tera is a small temple movement initiated by Zenryou-ji Buddhist Temple in Totsuka, Yokohama, the Totsuka Shopping Street Association, and professors and students of Meiji Gakuin University, Totsuka Campus.  Every month, we invite guests and organize exciting events to stimulate our minds.  May this small temple movement spread with peace to the 70,000 other temples all over Japan!

Our three key words are:
Get together

Past speakers and events have included:
*Summer Solstice and Winter Solstice Candle Nights
*Auki Tituana, Mayor of Cotacachi, Ecuador
*Watanabe Takashi, soybean farmer and founder of NPO Toziba
*Ikuyoshi Mukaiyachi and Mrs. Mukaiyachi, directors of Bethel House in Urakawa, Hokkaido
*Shimamura Natsu, author of Slow Food Life and Slow Food in Japan

The co-hosts are Tsuji Shinichi of Meiji Gakuin and Narita Tomonobu of Zenryouji Temple.


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