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The renovated Tokyo Japan Temple is opening its doors to the public for the second time in its history.
The temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be open for a limited time to host public tours. All are welcome to visit this sacred space of worship.
“This is a special opportunity to come and see the temple in the great city of Tokyo,” said Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. “It is a sacred place for us because we consider it the ‘house of the Lord’.”
A Media Day kicked off open house events for invited guests on Monday, May 30, in Tokyo.
“To be able to participate with our friends in the temple open house and the forthcoming rededication is just the greatest blessing,” said Elder Stevenson, who is in Tokyo to host invited guests during the first week of the open house.
Elder Stevenson pointed to the shared value Latter-day Saints and Japanese people place on temples and shrines.
“Temples are such an important part of the culture in Japan. I have admired how Japanese people are temple-going people. Important days in their lives are celebrated by visiting a temple or shrine,” Elder Stevenson said. “It has a striking similarity to what we as Latter-day Saints hold as one of our sacred rites and customs as being able to go to the temple.”
The public open house begins Friday, June 3, and runs through Saturday, June 18, except for Sunday, June 5 and 12.
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