Minister's Corner


Rimban Kazunori Takahashi

Rimban Kazunori Takahashi was born and raised in Nagato, Yamaguchi, Japan. He graduated from Ryukoku University in Kyoto, Japan, and received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Buddhist Studies.

He came to Hawaii in 2007 and was first assigned to Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin.  After that, he served Kapaa Hongwanji from 2009 to 2014, Lihue Hongwanji from 2014 to 2018, and the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii Headquarters as the Executive Assistant to the Bishop from 2018 to 2021.  He also served as a Jodo Shinshu Correspondence Course Instructor from 2015 to 2018 and as a Pacific Buddhist Academy chaplain from 2019 to 2021.

His new assignment at Hilo Betsuin is effective March 1, 2021. He has a wife, Noriko.

Reverend Joshin Kamuro

Rev. Joshin Kamuro is from Aso, Kumamoto in southern Japan. He is from a temple family. After graduating from Ryukoku University with the Bachelor’s Degree in Shin Buddhist Studies in 2001, he worked at the EKŌ-House of Japanese Culture, a division of BUKKYŌ DENDŌ KYŌKAI (Society for the Promotion of Buddhism) in Düsseldorf, Germany from 2001 to 2006. He returned to Japan in 2007 to further his study at Ryukoku University and completed his Doctoral Program in Shin Buddhist Studies in 2014. He participated in the IMOP (International Ministerial Orientation Program) in 2014. He received gakkai hokyō in 2015 and a Fukyōshi (Missionary) in 2019 from Nishi Hongwanji. He came to Hawaii in October 2015. He worked at the Hawaii Betsuin for about four years. His new assignment at the Hilo Betsuin is effective November 16, 2019. He and his wife, Minako, have a thirteen-year-old son. Their son, Yuma goes to Waiakea Intermediate School.