Support ❤️ for Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple!

Beloved Little Tokyo community institution, Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple (this is the correct spelling! GoFundMe/Guidestar have an incorrect spelling ), was recently  vandalized with a smashed window, lanterns broken and lantern stands burnt, an event that has shocked and saddened all of us. Nikkei Progressives (NP), alongside our community partners and friends in Little Tokyo and in partnership with Higashi, are hosting a fundraiser as a way to show love and support for Higashi.  Further details of the fundraiser to come (stay tuned for updates!), but our hope is to cover the costs of repair, as well as contribute to ongoing and future security needs of the temple. NP is thankful to Higashi for letting us support you in this time of need, and grateful to the many Little Tokyo community members and countless others who have reached out to support during Higashi's time of need.

NP, Higashi, and our partners in Little Tokyo will be sharing more information shortly, but for now, check out the news articles from the Rafu Shimpo , LA Times , ABC7 , KTLA , NBC4 , and Fox11 .

From Higashi: "As most everyone knows, the temple suffered property damage on the evening of Thursday, February 25. A person who climbed over the fence set fire to the chōchin lantern stands that were created long ago by Ted Oyama, knocked over the two metal lanterns at the foot of the stairs leading up to the temple, and then threw a rock at our entrance to shatter one of the glass panels in front of the foyer. We were able to have the window boarded up. We are fortunate that no one was physically harmed in this incident." - read the rest of Rinban Noriaki Ito of Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple's statement on Instagram  or Facebook.

Higashi Fundraiser's Community Partners
Go For Broke National Education Center
Japanese American Citizens League - Pacific Southwest District
JACL - San Fernando Valley Chapter
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center
Japanese American National Museum
Little Tokyo Community Council
Little Tokyo Historical Society
Little Tokyo Service Center
Manzanar Committee
Sustainable Little Tokyo


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