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Unswerving cyclist
14 Mar 2002
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An Israeli couple recently became the first foreigners to hold a same-sex wedding ceremony at a Buddhist temple in Kawagoe, Saitama. Saimyoji temple plans to accept more sexual minority couples.


Saimyoji temple in Kawagoe, which held the "LGBTQ wedding," has apparently received a number of inquiries about same-sex weddings from abroad, and multiple other ceremonies have been booked. The temple hopes to "contribute to a society that embraces diversity and at the same time become a new base for inbound visitors to Kawagoe as an international hub for same-sex weddings." The Israeli male couple who recently held the wedding are editor Reiss Yoav, 58, and ophthalmologist Yoram Maryon, 68.

Israeli couple become 1st foreigners to hold same-sex wedding at temple near Tokyo - The Mainichi

Saimyoji Temple (瑶光山最明寺):

Now I wonder if they plan on doing this: The Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgramage is one of the few circular-shaped pilgrimages in the world and includes 88 "official" shrines located in Shikoku. It is thought to have been formed between the late 16th and 17th Century, and has become increasingly popular in recent years
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