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Himiko Lodge #24
      Fukuoka, Japan

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What  is Freemasonry?

Freemason is not a religion even though it is religious character. 
It does not pretend to take the place of religion nor serve as a substitute for the religious beliefs of its Members.
Freemasonry accepts men, found to be worthy, regardless of religious convictions.
An essential requirement is a belief in the existence of a Supreme Being.
Freemasonry is not an insurance or beneficial society.
it is not organized for profit. However, the charity and service rendered are beyond measure.
It teaches the Golden Rule.
It seeks to make good men better through its firm beleif in the Fatherhood of God, the brotherhood of Man and the immortality of the soul.
The tenets of Freemasonry are ethical principles that are acceptable to all good men.
It teaches tolerance toward all mankind. It is known throughout the world.
Freemasonry proudly proclaims that it consists of men bound together by bonds of Brotherly Love and Affection. It dictates to no man as to his beliefs, either religious or secular. It seeks no advantage for its Members through business or politics.
Freemasonry is not a forum for discussions on partisan affairs.
Freemasonry believes in moral teachings above all, and uses architectural symbols as a means to convey this message to its members in such a manner that such moral teachings become part of their everyday life, especially in beauty (love and respect for others), charity and truth.