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Buddhism with a backbeat strikes a chord in Japan

A guitar-wielding priest and techno-nun take pop into the temple

Kanho Yakushiji performs at Seiganji Temple in Kyoto. (Photo by Tetsuo Oshiro)

KYOTO, Japan For many Japanese, particularly younger ones, Buddhist temples are a place for funerals and periodic family gatherings to remember deceased relatives, and little else.

Some Buddhist priests and nuns are trying to change that by making the holy places a little more fun.

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