Minister's Corner


Rimban Shindo Nishiyama

Rimban, Rev. Shindo Nishiyama was born in Fukuoka, Japan and graduated from the Ryukoku University studied the general Buddhism and Jodo Shin Buddhism. He was registered to Kaikyoshi, overseas minister of Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii in 1991. He was assigned to Waimea Hongwanji Mission from July 1992 to November 1999. He was appointed Executive Secretary to the Bishop from November 1999 to November, 2005. Presently he is the resident minister at Jikoen Hongwanji since 2005 and in charge of Rimban at Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin from 2017.

Reverend Daido Baba

Reverend Daido Baba was born in Miyazaki Pref. and grew up in Chiba Pref., Japan. Both parents are ministers at his family temple in Chiba Pref. He has three older brothers who are also ministers and will take over the family temple in the future. When Rev. Baba was a high school student, he participated in the YBICSE, Young Buddhist’s International Cultural Study Exchange Program, to experience Jodo Shinshu outside of Japan and went to Canada. After that, he became interested in serving as an overseas minister and studied at Ryukoku University. In November 2014 he was assigned to Hilo Betsuin as an associate minister.

He came to Hawaii with his wife, Aki, and two sons, Dojun and Doken. His daughter, Anna, was born in Hilo, Hawaii.

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 twelve-year-old son. Their son, Yuma goes to Waiakea Intermediate School.