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In Boyle Heights, Japanese churches look to broaden their membership
In Boyle Heights, Japanese churches look to broaden their membership

The service begins with four loud claps. Two reverends in white robes and black ceremonial caps face each other and chant, alternating between English and Japanese. Two children quietly chatter to their parents in the back of the church. Several parishioners come to the front and present sakaki tree branches to the spirits. In addition to the mostly Japanese parishioners, several white congregants bow their heads, joining in the clapping and orations. There are only about 60 people at one of Konko Church of Los Angeles' biggest services, the Autumn Grand Ceremony. Konko Church is one of the four remaining Japanese churches in Boyle Heights, a largely Latino neighborhood once...

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