A priest performs morning prayers at Tsukiji Hongwanji temple in Tokyo. Photo: Bloomberg
A priest performs morning prayers at Tsukiji Hongwanji temple in Tokyo. Photo: Bloomberg

Coronavirus: Japan’s Buddhist temples turn to online funerals, Zen apps to survive as pandemic dents income

  • Covid-19 has caused further pain for Buddhist organisations already struggling in recent years due to Japan’s shrinking population
  • The pandemic has prompted some priests to think of new ways to generate revenue, with some offering online memorial services and yoga classes

A priest performs morning prayers at Tsukiji Hongwanji temple in Tokyo. Photo: Bloomberg
A priest performs morning prayers at Tsukiji Hongwanji temple in Tokyo. Photo: Bloomberg
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