• Manager Takahiro Ueda Dharma name Takahiro Shaku *Dharma name refers to his name as a monk
  • Born in 1990. Lives and works in Hakodate, Hokkaido
  • Vice President, Kinshokuji Temple, Kibe sect of Shinshu
  • Studied Buddhism and Religious Studies at Waseda University's School of Culture, Media, and Society, and obtained monkhood at Otani University's Graduate School.
  • Part-time lecturer at Hakodate Otani Junior College (from FY2023)
  • Dostoevsky Societymember
  • Hobbies: Reading, visiting cafes, playing tennis, "Wednesday
  • Favorite manga: "SLAM DUNK," "Space Brothers," "BLUE GIANT," "HUNTER x HUNTER
  • In 2019, I'll be blogging mainly about the world's most circled history and Buddhist columns, and in 2020, I'll be blogging about Shinran and Dostoevsky.
  • Media Coverage
    0 "Thinking about Life and Peace: A Monk Walked Around the World"
    Ibaraki Shimbun
    Kahoku Shimpo
    Saga Newspaper (Kodomo Saga Shinbun, Weekly Paper)
    The Shizuoka Shimbun (Weekly YOMOto Shizuoka)
    Shimono Shimbun
    Jomo Newspaper (Weekly Kazekko)
    Fukushima Minpo
    Hokkaido Shimbun (Doshin Kodomo Shimbun, Weekly Manabun)
    Yamagata Shimbun (Weekly Yomogna Park) *in alphabetical order
    Serialization in

0 Travelogue
Around the World Travels: A Journey Through the World's Religions and History.
Impressions of Summer as Chronicled in Autumn: A Journey to Paris and Georgia."
Dostoevsky and His Wife's Fateful Journey: Travels in Western Europe in Madness and Love.
The Beauty of the Theatre City of Rome: Dostoevsky and Bernini's Pilgrimage"

0 Essay
Someday, "Karamazov" in the Holy Land."
Dostoevsky Square No30" published by Dostoevsky's Society

"Impressions of Summer as Recounted in Autumn: A Journey to Paris and Georgia."
Dostoevsky Square No32" published by Dostoevsky's Society

0 "Around the World in Reminiscence: A Monk's Religious Observations"
Serialized in Hokkaido Shimbun's "Minamikaze" on the first Wednesday of every month.

Temple Introduction

Kinjikkyoji Temple, Shinshu Kibeha School

This temple is in the Jodo Shinshu Shinran Shonin lineage.

It was built in 1923 with the help of the Kosugi family, an Omi merchant from Gokasho, and other faithful Shiga Prefecture residents.

Since then, we have been supported by the generosity of parishioners with whom we have close ties.

For more information.this way (direction close to the speaker or towards the speaker)

☎ 0138-51-8616

17-32 Matoba-cho, Hakodate, Hokkaido 0400021, Japan


Hello, my name is Takahiro Ueda. My name is Takahiro Ueda and I am the deputy chief priest of Kinsetsuji Temple in Hakodate, Hokkaido.

Thank you for visiting our blog.

This blog is my attempt to look at various things in my daily life and write words with the motto of asking myself questions, as the title says.

The idea to start this blog came from a comment made by a small child at a place where I went to pay my respects.

Here it is.

Why do you have hair when you're a monk?"

Well, it is really direct.

But it is really difficult to explain this in a way that is easy for small children to understand!

I am a priest of the Jodo Shinshu sect. Unlike other sects, I shave my head only once when I qualify as a monk, after which I am allowed to grow my hair."

...What in the world is the point of saying this?

The child would then ask with a smile, "Why, why? with a smile on his face.

I was completely stumped and managed to come up with what seemed to be an answer, but I left that day with something bothering me.

But on the way home, I suddenly had a thought.

That kid asked me an innocent question like that, but even adults ask, "What's that in the first place?" I'm sure you're thinking, "What's that all about?

They just don't talk about it, but maybe they wonder ...

As soon as I got home, I opened Buddhist books and various other books to reexamine why it was okay to have hair in the first place.

The answer to that question was too complex to be explained in a single word.

Why do you have hair in the first place? This simple question has been answered by the long history and culture of monks with hair, the teachings of the Jodo Shinshu sect to which I belong, and even more broadly, the very foundation of Buddhism and religion itself.

Unexpectedly, you may not know "What is it in the first place? about temples that you may not know.

However, I realized that when you dig deeper and think about it, the meaning and history behind it will emerge, and you will come to a deep realization, "Ah, I see.

This blog is my attempt to look at the many things that I go through on a daily basis and to write words from such experiences.

Self-questioning means asking and answering one's own questions.

In other words, I believe it means going out to find the questions for yourself.

What is it all about? I would like to write about not only Buddhism but also various other genres from the perspective of a monk, Takahiro Ueda.

Thank you for your continued support.