The Yamaguchi Story: Buddhism and the Family in Contemporary Japan is an actual story of a family in Tokyo and their discovery of the Buddhist tradition. In depicting their lives, the film portrays aspects of contemporary Japanese Buddhism in a manner intended to raise questions in the classroom. These questions are also of vital concern to Japanese Buddhists and scholars and encompass considerations of doctrine, practice, institution, and social relationship.

Although the film touches on many different aspects of the individual, family, and society in contemporary Japan, the primary intent in making the film was to depict the current state of Buddhism. Of course, The Yamaguchi Story presents only a few of the many different aspects of contemporary Japanese Buddhism which could have been shown.

This site is intended as a support tool for the interactive DVD version of The Yamaguchi Story. The DVD is available free of cost; for information on ordering please click here.