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Japan Trends

Buddhist priests and nuns are going pop in Japan

Temple concerts and saintly get-ups are helping win new fans among the young

Kanho Yakushiji performs at Sengan-ji Temple in Kyoto.

KYOTO -- For many Japanese, particularly among the young, 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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