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Distinguished Visitor to Seattle

Monshu (abbot) Choken Otani, head priest of the Jodo Shinshu tradition’s Otani denomination Higashi Honganji in Kyoto, visited local resident Makiko Doi with his wife last month after his attendance at a Buddhist conference in Los Angeles. Otani, a cousin of the present Emperor Akihito, renewed his acquaintance with Doi, whose uncle (and, later, adopted father) was his beloved teacher in the field of plant genetics at Kyoto University many years ago.

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The North American Post is a community newspaper that celebrates Japanese culture in the Greater Seattle area. Founded by 1st generation Japanese-Americans in 1902, the publication is one of the oldest minority-owned newspapers in the region. Today, with bilingual articles in English and Japanese, the publication connects readers with diverse cultural backgrounds to Seattle’s Japanese community. Our articles include local news, event calendars, restaurant reviews, Japanese cooking recipes, community interviews, and more.