Years ago, in 2016, one the fastest growing religious categories in the world was “no religion.” Are disco balls in Japanese temples today a result?
Buddhist temples in western Japan are becoming unlikely sites for entertainment, putting on 1970s and ’80s disco music and planetarium shows to attract young people and regain their status as places for community gatherings.
On a recent weeknight a huge glitter ball spun while emitting a bright white light on the ceiling of Kosenji temple in central Fukuoka.
… Together with a pair of glitter balls on the floor flashing red, blue and purple lights, a discolike atmosphere was created inside the otherwise solemn main hall. It was an innovative effort by chief priest Koji Jo, 55, to get people in his community thinking of temples as part of secular life.
“Things have changed from the days when people would attend temple schools to learn writing. People don’t come to temples unless there is a funeral or other memorial service,” Jo said.
Read more at JapanTimes
Here’s an exerpt from the 2016 article:
… The religiously unaffiliated, called “nones,” are growing significantly. They’re the second largest religious group in North America and most of Europe. In the United States, nones make up almost a quarter of the population. In the past decade, U.S. nones have overtaken Catholics, mainline protestants, and all followers of non-Christian faiths.
I was baptized Catholic, then spent years as a “none” (punctuated evolutionist) and in the past few years, due to a series of strange events I cannot otherwise explain, I converted to a Simulationist. As life and our universe is likely a simulation in this world view, any religion is as correct as the “nones.” Nuns and nones and other ones are all as good, my credo runs. A religion is to a Simulationist like a language, a politcal affiliation or a body type; it is something you choose (or are given) as a guide through the game.