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Worship services were in the Japanese language, and Japanese-language and English-language schools were common at many temples.
Although the focus of temple life emphasized Japanese religious practices and culture, there was a very limited outreach to non-Japanese Americans who were interested in Buddhism. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the subsequent entry of America into World War II had a devastating impact on the Jōdo Shinshū temples in America, which lingers to the present day.The priests' arrival in San Francisco was a source of concern to the Japanese consul to the U. In the decades prior to World War II, the mainland American branch of the Nishi Honganji tradition was named the "Buddhist Missions of North America" (BMNA), and many temples were established throughout the West Coast of the United States, the first being in San Francisco, followed by temples in the Bay Area, the Central Valley, and Northern and Southern California.There were also temples established in the Northwest states, in Seattle, Washington and Oregon.Jōdo Shinshū is also popularly known as "Shin Buddhism". Their headquarters is at 1710 Octavia Street, San Francisco, California, near San Francisco's Japantown. is one of several overseas kyōdan ("districts") belonging to the Nishi ("Western") Honganji.
Devout Shin Buddhists who had expressed concern over the lack of religious services, and the activities of Christian missionaries among the newly arrived immigrant population, petitioned the monshu (head abbot) of the Nishi Honganji to send priests to the United States.