The headquarters of Koyasan Shingon Buddhist Mission in Japan recently announced that Rev. Junkun Imamura has assumed the position of bishop and shukan (head priest) of Koyasan Buddhist Temple in Los Angeles.

Rev. Junkun Imamura in front of a bust of Bishop Shutai Aoyama, founder of Koyasan Daishi Mission.

The 71-year-old bishop served as a resident minister of the temple in Little Tokyo for 14 years, from 1972 to 1986, and in San Paulo, Brazil for two years. After returning to Japan, he served as the head priest of Enjoji Temple in Mineyama-cho, Kyotango City, Kyoto-fu.

Imamura arrived in Los Angeles on Feb. 20 and has assumed his duties at Koyasan Buddhist Temple on a full-time basis.

In other personnel changes, former Bishop Taisen Miyata will in Los Angeles to assist the temple mission on a volunteer basis; Kenneth T. Ito has been installed as the temple president for 2015-2016; and Frances K. Nakamura, who served as president for ten years from 2005, has become sodai (honorable advisor) of the temple.

The installation of new officers, the appreciation to the past leaders, and the welcome reception for the new bishop will be combined and held at the temple, located at 342 E. First St. between San Pedro and Central, following the Spring Higan Service scheduled for Sunday, March 22, at 1:30 p.m.

For further information, call the temple office at (213) 624-1267.

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