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Buddhist temple in downtown Tokyo revives matchmaker role

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"A matchmaking service offered by a more than 4-century-old Buddhist temple in Tokyo’s central Tsukiji district is off to a good start.

"Tsukiji Hongwanji temple in the capital’s Chuo Ward has already received more than 100 inquiries since its service, called “Tsukiji no Tera-Kon” (Tsukiji’s temple marriage), began in July.

“It turned out there was more demand than we had ever expected,” said Reiko Watanobu, a veteran marriage counselor who now works full time for the temple. “Perhaps people feel comfortable turning to us because we are working for a temple.”

"Watanobu said she is booked solid on weekends for client interviews and marital talks."

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