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Art performance raises funds for Vietnamese pagoda in Japan

The Vietnamese Buddhist Association (VBA) in Japan on April 15 organised an art performance to raise funds for Dai An pagoda in Saitama prefecture.

Head of the VBA nun Thich Tam Tri said the association was selected to inherit a pagoda in Honjo city, Saitama prefecture, which covers an area of 1,500 sq.m, in late 2017. The pagoda was then renamed Dai An.

Along with nine other Vietnamese pagodas across Japan, Dai An pagoda will provide spiritual support to the Vietnamese community in Japan in general and Vietnamese expats with difficult circumstance in particular.

According to nun Thich Tam Tri, a lecture hall and columbarium tower will be built in the pagoda. The pagoda also plans to hold classes of Vietnamese language, contributing to preserving the Vietnamese cultural identity among the community.

The fund raising event attracted more than 1,800 participants. A similar event event will be held in Hyogo prefecture on April 21.

At present there are around 260,000 Vietnamese people living in Japan.

The VBA was established in 2014, represented by num Thich Tam Tri. The association has worked hard to guide Buddhists in their social interactions, and educate the younger generation on Vietnam’s identities and cultural traditions. It has also become a source of spiritual support for disadvantaged Vietnamese in Japan.