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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - February 25, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Boy Buddhist Priest At (he age of 12, Giyu Hirakawa is the chief priest of the Zen Buddhist temple in the southern Japanese town of Fukutomimaehi. He became the head abbot at the Daikoji temple after his parents died within a few days of each other last .lune. He took over from his father at the behest of his family with the agreement of the parish. Giyu began studying for the priesthood at the age of id. Now, his day begins and ends with the ringing of the temple bell. Although he is still too young to officiate at formal rites, he is often asked to recite prayers for the dead, lie says he mastered all important prayers of his sect while accompanying his father on priestly calls. Part of his job is to greet his parishioners when they show up for worship. Another task is to make parish calls on his bicycle. But in the end, Ciiyu is still a boy and whenever he can he plays with his schoolmates, romping over some old automobile tires. AP Wlrepholos Despite his serious duties as a Zen Buddhist priest, 12-year-nld Giyu Hirakawa, left, shows his youthful exuberance as he plays with his schoolmates. Tough As He Looks? Giyu Hirakawa, right, greets parishioners as they arrive for worship at the Zen Buddhist temple which he heads in Fukutomimaehi, Japan. Hirakawa, 12, inherited the position at the behest of his family and the agreement of his parish after his father died last June. Pilot Donald Shaver smiies after landing at Fort Lauderdale, Fla., airport Sun- day. He Was pilot of a twin engine airplane with 32 passengers that was forced down in Cuba Saturday. The plane and passengers were released after a payment to Cuba. Skandy II, first polar bear since 1971 in New York's Cen- tral park zoo, takes on a tough guy look Sunday, but what seems to be the stub of a cigar is a carrot the newcomer is munching. Skandy II came from Quebec Zoological park, is 14 months old and weighs roughly 350 pounds. The zoo says a mate will join him later. Kissin' Cops Yes, you really are seeing a couple of motorcycle cops kiss- ing in New Orleans. But it's not as bad as it looks. One is a male and the other a female and besides they're married to each other. The couple is Anita, right, and Joseph Fauchoux, who are man and wife members of the New Orleans police department's motorcycle patrol. Soul Food Feast Gazolto Photo bv I. W. Ward AP Wirepholo Kicking off CM college's Afrlwin Sliidlus-Bluck Experience .surles this week was n "Siiul Food Puiist" for members of the Afro-American Self Kdiicnllon Organization and Invited guosls Sunday iiiRht nt Urn Black Cultural Cenler, IMS 0 avenue MB. Among llioso served soul food were Hod Patterson, Frankfurt, (lonnany, loft, mid Mike Jones, Monrovia, Uterla, hero being served by Carolyn Usloii nf Florence, S. C.
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