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Banker-turned-priest leads ancient Buddhist sect to 21st century

LGBT betrothals, 18-course meals and discount interments transform old beliefs

The head priest at Tsukiji Hongwanji, Yugen Yasunaga, became immersed in Buddhism after a long career in banking and human resources.

TOKYO -- Located near the defunct Tsukiji Market, once one of the largest fish markets in the world, Tsukiji Hongwanji temple is the icon of the Jodo Shinshu sect of Buddhism, which dates back eight centuries.

The original temple was erected in the 1600s during the early Edo period. Although it was consumed twice by fire, the main building was reconstructed in 1934 in classical Indian Buddhist style.

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