Kenchoji temple holds an annual “Oya to Ko no Doyo Rodoku Kai” (Gathering of parents and children to listen to Book Readings on Saturdays.)
The idea for the readings came from Genjiro Ito, a professor of modern Japanese literature at Kanto Gakuin University in Kanazawa Ward,
****Kenchoji’s past reading choices have been collected in a new publication “Kodomotachi ni Tsutaetai Nihon no Meisaku/Kenchoji Oya to ko no Doyo Rodoku Kai Kara” (Famous Japanese stories We Want to Read to Children /From a Gathering of Parents and Children to Listen to Books Recited at Kenchoji on Saturdays“) published by Kamakura Shinju-sha 160 pps 1,400 yen
Some of the books they have read include:
“Yodoka no Hoshi” (The Nighthawk Star) by Kenji Miyazawa (whose books we like very much and which we read in English and in Japanese at home),
“Wagahai wa Neko de Aru” (I am a Cat) by
Soseki Natsume, “Bun to Fun” (Boon & Phoon) by Inoue and Le Petit Prince
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.