HBC BUDDHA DAY CELEBRATION
April 8th is the birthday of Shakyamuni Buddha. This birthday
celebration is known as "Buddha Day” and is also known as
The Hawaii Buddhist Council cordially invites everyone to the
Buddha Day Service. This year the service will be held at our
Betsuin so please come and enjoy the beautiful service. The guest
speaker is Dr. George Tanabe, emeritus professor of the Depart-
ment of Religion at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
WHEN: Sunday, April 6, 2014
TIME: 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: Jodo Mission of Hawaii
1429 Makiki Street
Speaker: Dr. George Tanabe
Parking: Limited, carpooling encouraged
Hanamido for Buddha Day Celebration
The Hawaii Buddhist Council Buddha Day celebration will be held on Sunday, April 6
beginning at 10:00 a.m. at Jodo Mission of Hawaii.
Pictured on the right is a Hanamido fully decorated with flowers,
with Baby Buddha in the center. This represents the Lumbini Garden
where Baby Buddha was born. Sweet tea or amacha is poured over the
statute of Buddha. The tea symbolizes the gentle rains that fell on the
day Buddha was born.
At the Buddha Day celebration, please be sure to bow in front of
Baby Buddha and pour some amacha over the Baby Buddha statute.
Guest Speaker is Dr. George Tanabe. Dr. Tanabe most
recently received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Rib-
bon at the Japanese Consulate in Honolulu on January 24, 2014.
Pictured at the right is Dr. Tanabe and Japanese Consul General Toyoei
Shigeeda. (photo from internet from News University of Hawaii Sys-
Many of you are familiar with the book by Dr. Tanabe and his wife Willa Jane Tanabe
entitled Japanese Buddhist Temples in Hawaii. Dr. Tanabe’s talks are always interesting so
please come and enjoy the Buddha Day Celebration as well as hear Dr. Tanabe.
Piano and Singing Concert by three women from Japan will follow Dr. Tanabe’s
The Hawaii Buddhist Council is comprised of the following Buddhist temples: Higashi
Hongwanji Mission, Honpa Hongwanji Mission, Jodo Mission of Hawaii, Koyasan Shingon Mission,
Nichiren Mission of Hawaii, Soto Mission of Hawaii and Tendai Mission of Hawaii. It is always
nice to get together with fellow Buddhists! Please come and celebrate Buddha’s Birthday!
April 8 and 22
8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Any interested person is
welcome to participate.
We welcome children to join our Sunday School. Let’s enjoy
studying Onembutsu by doing various activities.
April 20 @ 10:45 a.m.
No meeting in April
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Oahu Rengo Fujinkai
April 27 at Betsuin
No Meeting in April
♫ ♪ Ukulele by Stuart Nago ♫
Please come and enjoy ukule-
le music by Stuart Nago on
Sunday, April 20 at 10 a.m.
after Sunday Service. He may
also play his guitar.
Guest Speaker on April 13
Audrey Emiko Kitgawa, J.D.
We are happy to announce that Audrey Emiko Kitagawa, will
be flying in from New York City, and will speak at our April 13, 2014
Sunday Service, beginning at 10:00 A.M.
Audrey was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, and is the daughter of one of our
devoted Jodo Shu members, Mrs. Yoshiko Kitagawa. Many of you know
Mrs. Kitagawa who is 94 years of age and young as ever. She is always at
the otera greeting everyone with a smile and on days when her Fujinkai
group is scheduled for refreshments, she is in the kitchen and always mak-
ing sure that what is served is delicious as well as appealing in appearance.
Audrey travels all over the world, but never fails to remain in touch with
her dear mother despite some of the remote locations to which she travels.
Mrs. Kitigawa is looking forward to her daughter’s visit in April.
An attorney by profession who retired from her law career in 1996, Audrey heads the
Light of Awareness International Spiritual Family, a nondenominational, ecumenical spir-
itual community that honors the various pathways to God realization, and the sacred jour-
ney which each person must undertake to discover his/her own inherently Divine nature.
She is the Founder/President of the International Academy for Transcultural Cooperation, a
Founding Trustee of the New York City Peace Museum, the former Advisor to the Office of
the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict at the
United Nations, and sits on various boards, councils and organizations that promote path-
ways to peace. Her extensive travels have taken her to many of Buddhism’s most sacred
sites, including the place of Lord Buddha’s birth (Lumbini, Nepal), enlightenment
(Bodhgaya), first teaching (Sarnath), and passing (Kushinagar).
With her extensive travels around the world, it is such an opportunity to have
Audrey make herself available to our temple. It is also wonderful that she always makes
herself available to her mother. If you ever read the article by Audrey E. Kitagawa
‘Crossing World Views, The Power of Perspective and the Hawaii Japanese American Ex-
perience”, you will see how much appreciation she has for her mother.
Please make every effort to come to our Sunday Service on April 13, 2014 at
10:00 A.M. to hear our guest speaker, Audrey Emiko Kitagawa. Lunch will also be
hosted and served by members of the Light of Awareness International Spiritual Family in
the Social Hall immediately following Audrey’s presentation.
Fujinkai Ladies Enjoy Greeting Card Making
The Honolulu Jodo Shu Fujinkai ladies held their annual General Membership
meeting on February 23, 2014, which also included their New Year’s party. For
something different one of their newest member Gail Masaki was kind enough
to show the ladies how wonderful it is to make your own greeting cards. Gail
provided all the supplies and the ladies concentrated very hard and enjoyed
themselves. They used sponges, ink pads, sticky cut-outs, and everyone had a
lot of fun. This was so different from other Fujinkai New Year’s parties! The
time went by so fast that there was not enough time to play BINGO. Instead various lucky
numbers were called.
Taisho University students (Shino
Kimoto, Akiko Suzui and Fukase
Kishida) also joined the ladies in card
making. Sophie Narashiba and Peggy
Miyamoto joined in this picture taking.
Keiro ladies received a package of sekihan (mochi rice with
azuki beans or “happy rice”) normally served on happy occa-
sions like our New Year’s party! These ladies also worked
hard earlier in the day and the day before preparing for the
Left photo: Jo
ta & her
Sunday School Excursion
On March 9, 2014, our Sunday School class went
on a fabulous excursion, thanks to their advisor
Kay Oshiro. They went to the Hilton Hawaiian
Lagoon and enjoyed the outdoors riding canoes.
It was a beautiful, sunny day, a good day to be out-
doors! Some got sunburns but the day was a day
to remember, a very fun day! Being in Hawaii,
they all love the ocean.
Importance of Coming to Sunday Services: Have you ever come to Sunday Service
and found how wonderful it is to start the new week off on a good start! If you haven’t, you
must try it some time. You might like it! Our services are not that early. It begins every
Sunday at 10 a.m. For those early risers, we do have an 8:30 a.m. morning service each day
for the Eitaikyo or Perpetual Memorial Service. Page 7 of this Bulletin lists all those who are
listed for Eitaikyo or Perpetual Memorial Service for the month of April and each day a min-
ister will say a prayer for that particular individual. Anyone can attend this early morning
On the first Sunday, we usually have an Obetsuji service and during the
service the minister will ask everyone to hit
the mokugyo (a wooden piece with a wooden
stick) all together in unison making one
sound and at the same time reciting the
Nenbutsu (Jodo Shu is now spelling it
“Nenbutsu”). Nenbutsu is reciting Buddha’s
name: Namu Amida Butsu. Photo above shows our Sunday School students hitting the
mokugyo at their Youth Retreat in 2012.
On most second and third Sundays, the services are in English. The second Sunday is
usually a Family Service Sunday and normally the Fujinkai ladies prepare some type of
refreshments so everyone can enjoy fellowship. “Fellowship” is important to meet other Jodo
Shu members by getting to know each other and finding that you have similar interests. This
is good for your health!
At our English service, we do sing a few songs, especially Vandana and Ti-Sarana
(from ancient chanting), Shuka Tsukikage, which comes from our founder Honen Shonin, and
other songs. Also we normally would recite the Eight-Fold Path. Sometimes we also sing
Inochi no Riyu (The Reason for Life). It is a beautiful song written by Sada Masashi of
Japan for Jodo Shu as part of the 800th memorial service for Honen Shonin.
The fourth Sunday we usually have a Juzukuri service. Everyone gathers together
holding a part of a gigantic juzu (photo below) and
reciting the Nenbutsu. Such tranquility!
We sometimes also have meditation.
We are always looking for guest speakers so
please let us know if you know of anyone.
Please join us on Sundays at 10 a.m. un-
less another event overrides the Sunday Service
like temple cleaning or O-Toba set up day .
The Jodo Mission of Hawaii extends
its sincere condolences to the family
members and loved ones of the following
members who have recently left this
world for the Pure Land.
Mitsue Kawamoto 99
Shigemi Ishizaki 93
Richard Nakamura 83
Walter “Tiny” Takayoshi
Hiroshi Higaki 89
Calvin Sakae Murashige 90
Jodo Mission Office Hours:
Monday to Saturday
Sunday & Holidays
Rev. Yubun Narashiba
Rev. Kanjun Nakano
What is “Perpetual Memorial
This record of a perpetual memorial service and
is called Eitaikyo in Japanese. When the date of
death occurs for a person listed on this record, the
ministers pray for that individual during the morn-
ing service. The prayers will continue each year for
as long as Jodo Mission exists.
Anyone can be included in it. You may put your
own name on the list, too. This also helps when it
is difficult to have memorial services. We also wel-
come you to attend the morning service at 8:30am.
How to apply
Stop by the office, and fill out the application
form. Each name costs $200. After the application
is accepted, the name will be listed on the record.
Apology for March Eitaikyo List: We
apologize for incorrectly spelling the deceased
person’s name in March Bulletin:
26 Kyo Ohta
miss your smiling
face! If you have
where is Rev. Naka-
mura, he is fine and
with his daughter
Dana in North Caro-
lina. Hopefully, we
will see him soon!
Weather in Hawaii is
much warmer than
1 Anzaemon Kajioka
The Kajioka & Morita Family
George Kaname Sakuda
2 Ryosaku Maeda
The Maeda Family
The Kunihiro Family
James Isamu Tomita
Hoichi Nishimura Family
3 Kinjuro Ajimura
The Ajimura Family
The Takeda Family
4 Masayo Kusunoki
The Kusunoki Family
The Amakawa Family
5 Tsune Isobe
The Isobe Family
7 Yasu Hirohama
The Hirohama & Kawasugi Family
Naomi Fuse Johnson
8 Tadaichi Aoki
The Aoki Family
The Okamoto & Nakamoto Family
The Yoshizaki Family
9 Shizuko Hironaka
The Hironaka & Ishimoto Family
10 Tomi Arakawa
11 Tsunekichi Matsuno
The Matsuno Family
The Yokoyama & Morita Family
The Sakuda Family
The Kohatsu Family
12 Naka Nakamura
13 Yasuko Daitoku
The Daitoku & Fujimoto Family
14 Heiji Yasumoto
The Yasumoto Family
Yoshi Okamura (2)
15 Toso Kamisato
The Kamisato Family
The Aoki Family
The Kawabe Family
Toshiko Sumida Nishimoto
William Hatsuichi Kishimoto
16 Bunsuke Isobe
The Isobe Family
The Tsurusaki & Inada Family
Patsy Hisako Himuro
17 Kenichi Namba
The Namba Family
18 Toyokichi Iguchi
The Iguchi & Sasaki Family
The Mineishi Family
19 Jun Kunihiro
The Kunihiro Family
The Ueda Family
The Tamanaha Family
20 Hiroshi Ohta
Mildred Yukiko Ito
21 Naomi Takara
22 Kyoichi Koyama
The Koyama Family
The Nakai Family
Francis Sadamu Furutani, Jr.
23 Bishop Sensho Fukuda
Shigeo Tom Muranaka
24 Setsuyo Misawa (2)
The Misawa Family
The Watanabe Family
25 Michizo Imaguchi (2)
The Imaguchi Family
26 Kikujiro Yokoyama
The Yokoyama & Morita Family
27 Misae Umemoto
The Umemoto Family
The Ida Family
The Matsushima Family
28 Rokusuke Yanagihara
The Yanagihara Family
The Toichi Funamoto Family
Masa Okamoto Miyao
29 Mitsuyo Kamioka
The Kamioka &
Tatsuyo Ohara (2)
The Ohara Family
Mitsuyo Kanai Yoshida
30 Tsuru Matsuno
The Nakamoto &
The Matsuno Family
The Yamane Family &
EITAIKYO (Perpetual Memorial Service) for April