Volunteer Office Worker Needed
We are in need of a volunteer office worker from June 1,
2014 to July 8, 2014 from 9 am to ...
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Guest Speakers
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Mini Concert by former
students of Rev. Kanjun
Nakano. As part of the Buddha
Day Service, three former students
of ...
A n n o u n c e m e n t s
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May 11th Is Mother’s Day
(Haha No Hi)
Mother’s Day is celebrated as an expres-
sion of lo...
O b i t u a r i e s
The Jodo Mission of Hawaii extends its sincere
condolences to the family members and loved
ones of the...
1 Tome Iwamoto
Tome Toishigawa
2 Bishop Buntetsu Miyamoto
Etsuo Nakagawa
3 Mitsuyo Nakahara
The Fukunaga Family
Mitsuko Sa...
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  1. 1. JodoMissionofHawaii Bulletin-MAY2014 (#1210-0514) JodoMissionofHawaii 1429MakikiSt. HonoluluHI96814 AddressServiceRequested 2014 BON DANCE SCHEDULE OF JODO SHU TEMPLES Island Temple Phone No. Dates Times Oahu Betsuin 949-3995 Aug 15 to 16 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm Haleiwa 637-4382 July 18 to 19 7/26: 8 pm – 10 pm 7/27: 8 pm – 11 pm Big Island [Hawaii] Kurtistown Call Rev. Miyazaki (808) 935-6996 August 2 8:00 pm Hilo July 19 to 20 7/12: 7:30 pm 7/13: 8:00 pm Hakalau August 16 8:00 pm Hamakua Call Rev. Wansa (808) 775-0965 August 9 6:30 pm Kohala July 12 6:30 pm Hawi August 2 6:30 pm Maui Kahului Call Rev. John Hara (808) 244-0066 August 9 7:00 pm Wailuku June 20 7:00 pm Lahaina (808) 661-4304 July 4 to 5 7:00 pm Kapaa (808) 822-4319 June 6 to 7 7:30 pmKauai Koloa (808) 742-6735 July 18 to 19 7:30 pm
  2. 2. Volunteer Office Worker Needed We are in need of a volunteer office worker from June 1, 2014 to July 8, 2014 from 9 am to 2 pm on either Mondays or Fridays. Duties include: answering the telephone, receiving reser- vations for memorial services, taking messages, collecting pay- ments, answering the Nokotsudo or Columbarium buzzer to let someone in to visit the Nokotsudo. It is quite interesting. You get to meet all kinds of people and at the same time, you will learn a lot about Jodo Mission and Jodo Shu. In preparation for the O-Bon season, the O-Tobas need to be written and the minister needs to concentrate on the O-Toba he is working on so having someone an- swer the telephone while the minister is writing an O-Toba or doing a memorial service or getting ready for a funeral would be greatly appreciated. If you are interested, please contact Rev. Narashiba at 949-3995. Getting Ready for O-Bon: Many of you have signed up for your O-Toba. Now, it may be time to think about what you will offer at your O-Toba. Please share your family’s tradi- tion regarding the O-Toba. There are some families who probably coordi- nate what they are bringing and what type of container they are using. Some are so neatly stacked when so many families come to the same O- Toba. We would like to hear from you. Thank you. Special Needs: For those who do not want to climb many stairs, see below: Elevator: Please note that we do have an elevator which is located on the seaside of the Temple. Please ring the bell at the back door of the Temple for assistance. Service in Ikoi Hall: If you would like to have your service on the first floor, you may do so by request- ing the service be held in Ikoi Hall in- stead of walking up the stairs. Page 2
  3. 3. Page 3 Guest Speakers * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Jodo Mission of Hawaii has been very fortunate for two Sundays in a row to have such distinguished guests as speakers. On Sunday, April 6, 2014, the Hawaii Buddhist Council cele- brated Shakyamuni Buddha’s Birthday with a Buddha Day Service or sometimes referred to as Hanamatsuri Service. Dr. George Tanabe, the professor emeritus of religion was the guest speaker. At this service there were members from seven denominations of Buddhist temples: Higashi Honwanji Mission, Honpa Hongwanji mission, Jodo Mission of Hawaii, Koyasan Shingon Mission, Nichiren Mission of Hawaii, Soto Mission of Hawaii and Tendai Mission of Hawaii. There were offerings of flowers made by each denomination. Then it was time for Dr. Tanabe who spoke on “How Old Is The Buddha?” He talked about the denominational Buddhism which is declining because of the declining membership and the changing of times from the plantation days to present. However the popularity of tradi- tional Buddhism should be noted. Traditional Buddhism can be traced back to Shakyamuni Buddha. He said try searching the internet for “mindfulness’ and you will find many, many, many hits. He ended his talk with “how old is the Buddha?” The answer is as old as you are! We will continue in future Bulletins to cover “mindfulness” which is said to improve one’s well being, physical health, and mental health. On Sunday April 13, we were so happy to have as our guest speaker, Audrey Emiko Kitagawa, who was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii and who is the daughter of long time Jodo Shu member Yoshiko Kitagawa. Ms. Kitagawa is a cum laude graduate of the University of Southern California and a grad- uate of Boston College Law School. After practicing law for twenty years, she retired and is now President and Founder of the International Academy for Transcultural Cooperation, President of the Light of Awareness Interna- tional Spiritual Family. She lives in New York is involved in many world- wide organizations. It is just amazing how her Spiritual Family here in Hawaii came to the temple the week before her arrival and started cleaning the windows and making sure everything was just right when she arrived. So many of her Spiritual Family came to support her and it was just so nice to see so many people at our temple. Some members could not find parking and decided to go home. They missed out on a wonderful talk by Ms. Kitagawa who began her talk by paying tribute to her mother who turned 95 the day after. Ms. Kitagawa showed 2 very short videos showing some of the places she has traveled over the years, a good will ambassador doing good deeds. At the end of her talk she had singer Alan Fisher play the piano and sing Happy Birthday and Sweet (Leilani) “Yoshiko” her mom. Everyone was treated to a book entitled “Learning in the Light” and to a wonderful lunch. So many of Ms. Kitagawa’s friends showed up, including Rev. Irene Matsumoto of Palolo Kwannon Temple (pictured in the photo above next to Yoshiko Kitagawa).
  4. 4. Page 4 Mini Concert by former students of Rev. Kanjun Nakano. As part of the Buddha Day Service, three former students of Rev. Nakano came to Hawaii from Japan: Hitomi Kawase (extreme right in photo) and Mayumi Tanaka (extreme left on photo) both played the piano in duet. The sing- er of the group is Yasuyo Sugino (in center with Rev. Nakano). All three were so professional! Rev. Nakano is so proud of them. Hope they will come back again! * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Photos from Buddha Day Service The Honpa Hongwanji Betsuin Choir with guest speaker Dr. George Tanabe in the last row to the right and Choir Pia- nist Francis Okano is also in the last row. Choir Conductor Mari Muraka- mi is missing from this photo. Also to the left are Hitomi, Mayumi and Yatsuyo, although Yatsuyo face is blacked. Pouring sweet tea over Baby Buddha is one of the first thing one does at Bud- dha Day Service Bishop Ryokan Ara (HBC President) was the Officiant at this service. Everyone is listening to Dr. George Tanabe Collection of Offertory—the volunteer students from Punahou High School helped collect offerings.
  5. 5. A n n o u n c e m e n t s Page 5 May 11th Is Mother’s Day (Haha No Hi) Mother’s Day is celebrated as an expres- sion of love and appreciation to mothers. Please come to our Mother’s Day Service on May 11 at 10:00 a.m. Flowers Needed for Lei Making on Friday, May 23, 2014 Please bring Plumeria or other small flow- ers for leis to Jodo Mission on Thursday, May 22, 2014. Everyone is invited to join us on May 23, 2014 beginning at 8 am for our Memorial Day lei making project. Please come and help us sew leis for our veterans at Punchbowl Cemetery. Lunch will be provided. Children’s Day (May 5) In Japan, since 1948, May 5 has been a national holiday known as “Children’s Day” or “Kodomo no hi”. This national holiday in Japan was decreed to celebrate the happiness, health and growth of all children. Most notable are carp shaped streamers. The carp was chosen because it symbolizes strength and success and accord- ing to Chinese legend, a carp swam upstream to become a dragon. Children’s Day around the world. Service Project by Punahou Students This year Jodo Mission was fortunate in having eight students from Punahou High School choose Jodo Mission for their service project to the com- munity. The four girls below (Katelyn, Jodi, Talia and Joy) came to our Buddha Day Service and helped by folding programs to be passed out, passed out programs, collected money for the offertory, took many, many photos of our Buddha Day Program, so much so they would like to do a blog on the internet of our Buddha Day Service. At the time this Bulletin went to press, specifics of this blog was not known and we will pass the in- formation in our next Bulletin. We appreciated their help at the Buddha Day Service and at the same time they learned that there is a day to cele- brate when Buddha was born. Because they learned so much, hopefully they will return or tell others about this. Photos to the right are Andrea and Odilia and Harri- son and Kieko who came to do some yard work. Kieko is the granddaughter of long time members Robert and Barbara Ashimine.
  6. 6. O b i t u a r i e s 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. Yoshinobu Yamato 90 Harry Kyoichi Kishii 89 Jodo Mission Office Hours: Monday to Saturday 8am—5pm Sunday & Holidays 8am—3pm Phone: 949-3995 Website: Rev. Yubun Narashiba Head Minister Rev. Kanjun Nakano Resident Minister Rev. Dwight Nakamura Retired Minister Page 6 What is “Perpetual Memorial Service?” (Eitaikyo) 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 dur- ing the morning service. The prayers will contin- ue each year for as long as Jodo Mission ex- ists. 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 welcome 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 applica- tion is accepted, the name will be listed on the record. Bishop Gensho Hara Lahaina, Maui Hawaii Buddhist Council’s Memorial Day Service Everyone is cordially invited to the Memorial Day Service, sponsored by the Hawaii Buddhist Council: When: Monday, May 19 at 9:00 a.m. Where: Punchbowl Cemetery Hawaii Buddhist Council is made up of seven (7) Buddhist denominations: Higashi Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii, Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii, Jodo Mission of Hawaii, Koyasan Shingon Mission of Hawaii, Nichiren Mission of Hawaii, Soto Mission of Hawaii and Tendai Mission of Hawaii. Hanamatsuri blog set up by Punahou students is at
  7. 7. 1 Tome Iwamoto Tome Toishigawa 2 Bishop Buntetsu Miyamoto Etsuo Nakagawa 3 Mitsuyo Nakahara The Fukunaga Family Mitsuko Sakai Carol Masako Yano 4 Eikichi Hirouji The Miyamasu Family Tamotsu Takaoka Toshio Yoshioka James M. Uesugi 5 Sadaichi Mito The Mito Family Michie Makino The Makino & Okamura Family Morita Kokubun 6 Tokusaburo Fukuda (2) The Fukuda Family (2) Tora Kanayama (2) The Kanayama Family Hitoshi Nitta Kamato Uyehara Tamayo Matsumori Laurie T. Cho Kazuo Karimoto Kuma Tatei Masaru Morimoto 7 Minetaro Katagiri The Katagiri & Imamiya Family Tsuyako Kishii Kiyoshi Hirano Satoru Miura 8 Toshiko Kusunoki Tami Kawasaki The Kusunoki Family Tsuru Kitamura The Kawasaki & Nakagawa Family Yasuo Kagihara The Kitamura Family Seki Tamura 10 Sada Kurihara The Kurihara Family The Ajimura Family The Ito Family (Stillborn) Shinichi Takenouchi 11 Masataka Fukuda The Fukuda Family Shuzo Mitsutani The Mitsutani Family Ayataro Nanbu The Nanbu Family Kimiko Fujii Kikuyo Hayashi Kinuyo Matsui Matsuichi Onaga 12 Konosuke Tsuda The Tsuda Family Kimie Takaoka Mieko Takara Yasu Ogi Kenji Otani Kikuye Okamura 13 Konzo Nakai The Nakai Family Hikoichi Hirai The Hirai Family Moushi Uehara Teruo Sawamura Fumiko Yogi Kenichi Hayashi Teruo Sawamura The Sawamura Family Betty Oshita Katsutoshi Kano 14 Kiku Miyashige The Goto Family The Miyashige Family Fui Yamato The Yamato Family Toshio Karamatsu Kiku Matsumoto Kura Harada Shinichi Yanagihara Mitsuko Takemoto 16 Kamekichi Hayashi The Hayashi Family Kozo Okamoto Peggy Miyako Ogi 17 Hiromu Hayashi Wallace Kazuyo Sakai Helen Miyoko Fujikami Tamashiro Hanako Thelma Ogawa 18 Hatsuyo Yamamoto The Yamamoto Family Tadami Uemoto Chizuko Koto Haru Shimizu The Kawabe Family The Mitsujiro Kurashige Family Kiyoshi Narahara Kayoko Miyamoto Toshiko Yamanaka 19 Kamechiyo Uyehara Fumio Fujiwara 20 Sukeo Matsuno The Matsuno Family Hatsue Tsuda The Tsuda Family Kamei Akamine Haruyo Iwamoto Koan Takara Benzo Takahashi 21 Fuji Yamamoto The Yamamoto Family Shigeko Fujikami The Fujikami Family 22 Tsunekichi Tamanaha The Tamanaha Family Masuo Tomita Haruo Nakagawa Howard Seishi Kobayashi 23 Hichizo Nishimura (2) The Nishimura & Aoki Family Harukichi Hirohama The Hirohama Family Ishi Onaga The Onaga & Nakamura Family The Nakamura Family Tomoko Hayashi Kenzo Hashimoto 24 Zensuke Yokomichi The Yokomichi & Kondo Family Kaizo Goto (2) The Goto & Miyashige Family Kichizo Yamamoto The Yamamoto Family Takeji Ogata Kiseno Nakano Satsuki Nakano Kamazo Teruya Natsu Muramoto 25 Keiichi Mineishi The Mineishi Family Kazuo Shidaki The Shidaki Family Yoshio Nishimura Shinsuke Uchiumi Minoru Yamane Yonosuke Ikuta The Takasawa Family Jiroichi Otani 26 Senkichi Fukuda The Fukuda Family Fukuji Muranaka Rikio Kunihisa Mitsuki Kimoto Toshiko Higa 27 Kichi Hisamura Torakichi Miyao Takashi Saiki 28 Iro Yamane Misao Yasuda Shuso Gushikuma Shurei Gushikuma Kamaru Gushikuma Kama Gushikuma 29 Mayo Yamamoto The Yamamoto & Suzukawa Family Yazaburo Shoji The Shoji Family Joji Sakaguchi Tomiko Yamanaka Haruo Kito The Kito Family Hatsuko Toishigawa Sumie Ito 30 Tamezo Yanagihara The Yanagihara Family Heikichi Ichida The Ichida Family Setsu Yamamoto Mackay Umeichi Yanagisawa Tsunejiro Iwamoto Yoshiko Moritsugu 31 Hideo Kuniyuki Ichiro Obara Tahei Harada EITAIKYO (Perpetual Memorial Service) for May Page 7
  8. 8. SunMonTueWedThuFriSat 123 45678910 11121314151617 181920212223 8amLeiMaking Event 24 8:30amMorningService Everyday May2014JodoMissionofHawaii Phone:949-3995 10amMother’sDayService withSundaySchool 10amSundayService 8:00amSewingClass 8:00amSewingClass 25 8:30amFujinkaiMeeting 10:00amObetsujiService 10amMemorialDay& Baccalaureate Service 26 ComingEvents: June6,7,8YBAConventioninHilo July13:GeneralCleanup&O-TobaSetup—Weneedyourhelp July18-19:HaleiwaO-BonServices July25-26:O-BonServices;10:00amHatsubononly 2:00pm&7:00pm July27:O-BonService:10:00am 11:45amBoardMeeting 2728293031 FUJINKAI Meeting May4:8:30am IkoiHall SundaySchool May11:10a.m. Mother’sDayService May27:10a.m. BaccalaureateService SewingCircle May10&24 8:to11a.m. YBA:Nomeeting inMay