Tariki Echo is a musical unit fronted by two Japanese, buddhist monks who are turning the Buddhist Sutras into dance music. Ippei Tatsuyama and Akira Emoto met 20 years ago while they were students at Tokyo Bukkyo Gakuin, a college for those aspiring to become head priests in the Jōdo Shinshū sect of Buddhism located in the Tsukiji Hongan-ji temple. In addition to normal lectures concerning Buddhist studies, sutra recitation and everything else you need to know to run a temple, the college also offered a course on Buddhist music. Ippei and Akira were both enrolled in the class and, having both played music in a band before meeting, quickly hit it off thanks to their mutual love of music. Years after graduating and becoming head priests at their own temples, the two reunited and began collaborating on a project to meld dub reggae with traditional chanting of Buddhist Sutras. They have released one album so far, entitled 'Buddha Sound'. Tariki Echo plan to continue making music until their fusion of sutra and dance becomes recognized as a new genre. They’ve already been met with a positive response from others in the Buddhist community, who praise their efforts to introduce Buddhist sutra to the mainstream through music.
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