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Pastor rock vs Buddhist monk blues in Japan

Monday, March 28, 2016 - 05:50

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Lutheran pastor Kazuhiro Sekino (above) is leader of heavy rock group Boxi Rocks, which comprises three other pastors. Buddhist monk Yoshinobu Fujioka, head of Bozu band, loves Bob Dylan and sixties music. Both hope their musical duels help them reach more people in a country where Buddhists far outnumber Christians.

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Lutheran pastor Kazuhiro Sekino is leader of heavy rock group Boxi Rocks, which comprises three other pastors. Buddhist monk Yoshinobu Fujioka (above), head of Bozu band, loves Bob Dylan and sixties music. Both hope their musical duels help them reach more people in a country where Buddhists far outnumber Christians.

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Lutheran pastor Kazuhiro Sekino is leader of heavy rock group Boxi Rocks, which comprises three other pastors. Buddhist monk Yoshinobu Fujioka, head of Bozu band, loves Bob Dylan and sixties music. Both (above) hope their musical duels help them reach more people in a country where Buddhists far outnumber Christians.

Tokyo

MOST days, Lutheran pastor Kazuhiro Sekino preaches to his congregation in a soft voice with religious hymns playing in the background of a Tokyo church. But as night falls, he hits a smoky stage criss-crossed with whizzing strobe lights, shedding his pious day job in a battle of

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