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The Konko Church of Chicago Celebrated its 5th Anniversary

• The Konko church of Chicago celebrated its 5th anniversary and the 200th anniversary of the birth of the founder of Konko Kyo on November 2 at the Doubletree Hotel in Arlington Heights.
• Rev. Masanori Takeuchi opened a propagation hall in Chicago in 1997 and transformed it into the Konko Church of Chicago on April 9, 2009. It became an Illinois not-for-profit corporation some months later.

• Konkokyo is one of the three major new religions that sprouted in late Edo period. A farmer of Bichu (now Okayama) named Bunji Akazawa started receiving prophecies from God in 1858. He founded Konkokyo the following year, and by 1868 came to be titled as “living god Konko.” It is said that he saved many from the pain of illness and woes before his death in 1883.

• At the ceremony, more than 20 ministers and believers from Japan, Canada, the U.S. West and East Coasts, and other states were attended. Friends and community members from the Chicago area also attended it.
• Rev. Mitsuaki Otsubo from Airaku in Japan spoke about happiness and fulfillment of life by citing winning by a belief of “stoop to conquer.”
• Olivia Nikolaidis of Konko Church of Toronto gracefully danced a sacred dance of “Kami’s Blessing”, a fantastic costume accompanied by flute and koto music.
• After Prayer for Peace, the attendees enjoyed a luncheon. As entertainments, songs by Soyokaze Chorus, violin and cello ensemble by Sibbi and Sally Bernhardsson, and koto music by Chicago Koto Group were performed.

• More than 20 ministers and believers from Japan, Canada, the U.S. West and East Coasts, and other states were attended the ceremony.