Tenrikyo Hinokishin Day

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Tenrikyo Hinokishin Day 全教一斉ひのきしんデー Zenkyo issei hinokishin de is an annual event in which Tenrikyo followers participate in large-scale hinokishin activities in their communities. “The purpose of the event is to strengthen bonds between Yoboku living in the same regions by allowing them to come together in unity of mind and engage in large-scale hinokishin activities in addition to the hinokishin they may carry out on a daily basis.”[1]

Although originally held on May 18, it is now held on April 29, a national holiday in Japan.


Tenrikyo Hinokishin Day was first conducted on May 18, 1932 as an activity jointly promoted by the Women’s Association and Young Men’s Association. It was held annually on May 18 until World War II, which prevented it from being held until its revival in 1946.

Tenrikyo Hinokishin Day began to be held outside Japan during the 70th Anniversary of Oyasama (1956).[2]

The day on which Tenrikyo Hinokishin Day was held was changed in 1986 to a Sunday in mid-May. Hinokishin Day was later changed to April 29, a national holiday in Japan.

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Specific citations/references

  1. Tenrikyo Online: “80th Hinokishin Day Observed.”
  2. Tenrikyo Online: “Tenrikyo Hinokishin Day—50 Years of Hinokishin Day Overseas.”