The only Japanese religious missionary institution on the African continent is celebrating its tenth anniversary this month(May).
The only Japanese religious missionary institution on the African continent is celebrating its tenth anniversary this month(May). The religion is Tenrikyo. It was founded by the Japanese almost 140 years ago. It is a combination of elements from Zen and Shinto with some Christian values.
The Tenrikyo Mission was established after a Congolese traveller in Japan came in contact with the religion. He became so influenced by it that he convinced the Patriarch to come to Brazzaville and establish the mission.
Now, a growing number of Congolese learn Japanese ways and the Japanese ways and Japanese language. They are trying to attain the "joy of life" by the simple and peaceful way of life dictated by the Tenrikyo gospel.
While there are other Tenrikyo missions around the world, the Brazzaville mission is the only one catering to an exclusively non-Japanese populace.
For the occasion of the tenth anniversary celebration, Mr. Yasuhito Shinomori came from Japan to assist in the celebrations.