The Vietnamese community in Japan has rang in the New Year 2015 with a ceremony praying for peace attended by hundreds of people at Nisshinkutsu Pagoda in Tokyo.

Venerable Thich Quang Thanh, a member of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (VBS) Executive Council, wished them a happy new year and preached the meaning of celebrating the spring and praying for fortune in Buddhism.

At the event, he also thanked Most Venerable Yoshimizu Daichi, head of Nisshinkutsu Pagoda, for supporting the VBS’s activities as well as Vietnamese people in Japan. He wished the superior monk health and longevity to further help the Vietnamese community and Buddhist followers here, thus contributing to the close relations between the two peoples.

In the next days, similar ceremonies will be held at the monasteries of Kumagaya An Tinh Duong, Hamamatsu, and Phuoc Hue Aichi, which are run by the VBS and the Vietnamese Buddhist Association in Japan.

The Vietnamese Buddhist Association in Japan made its debut in Tokyo on October 5, 2014. It came into being under the VBS’s decision No.416 dated November 11, 2013, and was approved by the Japanese Government on February 28, 2014.-VNA