Rev. Kojo Kakihara has been the minister of the Tacoma Buddhist Temple since 2010. He came to the U.S. upon the Hongwanji (the head temple in Kojo) issuing him the certification of Kaikyoshi, to be an overseas minister. He initially served as an associate minister at the Los Angeles Betsuin, where he served for 2½ prior to being assigned to the Tacoma Temple.
Rev. Kakihara is originally from Onomichi in Hiroshima-ken. Onomichi is a coastal port city of 150,000 that has many Buddhist temples. His home temple, Eisho-ji, where Rev. Kakihara’s father is currently the family’s 15th generation to serve as reverend, has a 500 year history.
Prior to receiving his Tokudo ordination in 1998, Rev. Kakihara graduated from the Kobe City University of Foreign Languages majoring in International Relations. During his senior year he spent eight months in a study abroad program in London, England.
Rev. Kakihara was married to his wife Masayo in 2011 and has two children, a daughter Satone and son Shujo.