Oyasama 130th Anniversary: A Call For Essays
In the current “three years, one thousand days” season leading up to the 130th Anniversary of Oyasama, those of us who are instruments of Oyasama are engaging in a variety of activities including spreading the fragrance of the teachings and helping save others out of a heartfelt desire to bring joy to Oyasama. To encourage followers around the world to share their feelings for Oyasama with one another, the Overseas Department is now inviting essays that describe their enthusiasm for faith and the joy they have felt at seeing divine blessings in the course of their anniversary-related activities. We look forward to receiving many essays that express high spirits so as to offer true sincerity to Oyasama.

Guidelines for Submission

Content and length: Submissions should be on the theme of “Oyasama and I” but can have any title. The length of submissions should be one to two pages on A4 or US Letter paper. The number of words is not specified. Essays can be written in either the writer’s own language or Japanese.

Sample topics of essays:

    Feelings for Oyasama while engaging in salvation work
    Experiences of spreading the teachings
    Letters to Oyasama
    Joy of accompanying Oyasama
    Reflections on the first year of the “three years, one thousand days” season
    Gratitude felt in the course of daily life

Essays may be accompanied by illustrations.
Also, submissions such as paintings and drawings by children and pictures accompanied by writing will be accepted

Eligibility: Followers living outside Japan. There are no age limits.

Deadline: December 26, 2013

Procedures for submission: Essays should show the writer’s name, age, country, and church affiliation (directly supervised church) and be submitted in accordance with the following procedures:

-- If prepared using a computer, submissions should be in a commonly used document format such as “.doc” and “.pdf” and be sent to the email address given below.

-- If handwritten, submissions should be digitized by scanning them and be emailed to the address given below.

-- If submissions are not digitized, they should be sent to the Overseas Department. (Submitted essays will not be returned.)


        Email address: 130knk@gmail.com
        Physical address: Tenrikyo Overseas Department 271 Mishima, Tenri, Nara, 632-8501, Japan

Submitted essays will be uploaded to the Overseas Department’s website (http://www.tenrikyo.or.jp/) in April 2014 in the lead-up to the Oyasama Birth Celebration Service. Those who wish to remain anonymous are asked to inform the Overseas Department when submitting their essays.

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