Total donations: $47,212 | Partnership: Since 2014
The 400 year old Senkoji Temple was once a prayer temple for Emperor Gosaga but was severely damaged by a major typhoon in 1959.
The monks have struggled financially to rebuild the main hall as the number of parishioners and visitors has significantly declined. Funding philanthropy projects is not common in Japan. Grand Circle Foundation’s partnership began by providing funding to replace tea sets used during ceremonial tea services. The largest project has been a multi-year project to build handrails and restore steps on the main approach slope. Easier access will attract more visitors, and hopefully more donations, for the future reconstruction of the main hall. The goal is to preserve the temple’s historical and cultural heritage with the surrounding nature.