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  1. 1. JODO MISSION OF HAWAII BULLETIN - JULY 2011 (#1176-0711)Jodo Mission of Hawaii1429 Makiki St.Honolulu HI 96814Address Service Requested Important Dates July 3: O-Toba Set Up & General Cleaning - YOUR HELP IS NEEDED July 15-17: O-Bon Services Aug.19-20: Bon Dance O-Bon Service ScheduleFriday, July 15 10:00 am (Hatsubon only) 2:00 pm & 7:00 pmSaturday, July 16 10:00 am (Hatsubon only) 2:00 pm & 7:00 pmSunday, July 17 10:00 am
  2. 2. O-Bon Service Schedule O-Bon Services will be held as follows: Friday, July 15 - 10:00 am (Hatsubon Families Only) 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm Saturday, July 16 - 10:00 am (Hatsubon Families Only) 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm Sunday, July 17 - 10:00 amSign up for O-Bon Service will begin 1 hour before 2 pm and 7 pm services.This is on a first come first serve basis. NO phone orders will be taken.Closing Service will be on Sunday, July 17 at 10:00 a.m. After Closing Service,cleanup will begin.Parking Attendants Needed: We are in need of at least 6 parking attendants foreach 2 pm and 7 pm service. Please call Jodo Mission at 949-3995 if you are able tohelp direct cars to parking spaces. We appreciate your help.O-Toba Service Appointments: If you wish to have prayers offered infront of your O-Toba, appointments will be accepted from 8:00 am to 5:00pm from Wednesday July 6 to 10 a.m. on Sunday, July 17, 2011.Offering of Rice: During O-Bon Services it is customary to offer a bag ofrice. However, monetary donations in lieu of rice are acceptable. “Rice” envelopesare available in the office. Thank you for your understanding and support.Sr. YBA O-Bon Flower Sale: Please help the Sr. YBA by purchasing a beautiful pot-ted chrysanthemum ($1.75 each). NO phone orders will be taken. Thank you for yoursupport. Friday, July 15: 9:00 am to 7:30 pm Saturday, July 16: 9:00 am until supply runs outToro Nagashi (floating lantern from the boat): Sunday, July 17 at 8 pm (Pier # tobe announced later). Boat capacity is limited so we must limit this to Hatsubon (firstO-Bon) families. Please sign up for this event at the Temple office and you must be atthe designated Pier by 8 pm on July 17th.Offerings at your O-Toba: The space allowed for each O-Toba is approximately 5.5inches width and 7 inches depth. SEE page 1 for sample offerings. Most people willoffer foods that the deceased liked, i.e. flowers, fruits, mochi, candies, somen for longgeneration life, cucumber and eggplant with legs added to symbolize the cucumberhorse galloping from the Pure Land and the eggplant cow slowly returning to the PureLand. [SEE also page 4 for more info.]Page 2
  3. 3. Sermon by Rev. Kanjun Nakano Given on May 22, 2011 It has been around two months since the earthquake, but Japan is still in astate of chaos. Recently, the Japanese news reported that radiation was found inmothers’ milk. The situation is becoming more and more serious. A scientist whowas quoted on the Internet said, “At present, there exists some radiation in the air of the earth.We are immune to a little radiation, so we do not worry.” Is this really true? What about new-born babies and small children? Will anyone be able to guarantee their safety in ten, twenty, orthirty years? Somehow, I do not believe what I have heard from the government and scientists. When we experience a difficulty, we cry and wonder why it happened. We will blame iton other things and people. But this only backs us into a corner. We cannot move forward inlife because we have not become responsible for our future actions. We are too busy blamingother people and things for the situation in which we find ourselves. So, we stay in our“corner” and cry. Instead, we must realize that we cannot change the situation. The earthquake happened,and we cannot go back in time and change that. So, we must stop asking, “Why?” and acceptthe earthquake as a fact of history. Then, we can endure our fate, move forward with our lives,and once again plan for a brighter future. Finally, in situations large and small, in good times and in bad times, and in the things oflife, we must learn to depend upon ourselves and not upon others. Please remember the lastwords of Shakyamuni Buddha to his disciples: “Make of yourself a light. Rely upon yourself :Do not depend upon anyone else.” If we each rely upon ourselves, then Buddha will know each mind individually. Eachperson can speak to him, and he will speak to each person. So, when we each encounter diffi-culties in life, do not stay in a “corner.” “Make of yourself a light,” and move forward intoyour future.** * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *O-BON O-Bon is the abbreviation of “Urabon”, which means ‘salvation of souls from agony of beinghung upside down’. The origin of O-Bon comes from the story about Mokuren’s mother. One day, by practicing Buddha’s teaching, Mokuren received the super natural power of lookinginto another world. When he saw his mother suffering in Hell by using his super natural power, hesought guidance of the Buddha. Through Buddha’s aid, Mokuren was able to save his mother fromthe Hell. It is from this story that the O-Bon ceremony started to be observed. Without our ancestors we would not be here today. Thus, we honor them during O-Bon. With oursincere prayer, our beloved ones who have departed from us can have peaceful repose of their souls.Also, we can spend thankful and harmonious moment with our ancestors who have done so muchfor us. Page 3
  4. 4. Bits of Knowledge of Buddhism Vol.08 “St. Honen’s Posthumous Name” (July. 2011) By Rev. Yasuhiro Watanabe In 2011, we celebrate the 800th grand memorial service of St. Honen. In thismemorable year, the Emperor gave a new Daishi-go to St. Honen. Daishi-go is a post-humous title which the Emperor bestows upon a late high priest in memory of his great achievement.The new title is “Ho-ni” (法爾), which is named after “Jinen Honi” (自然法爾). It means naturallaw as it happens. For example, a flame soars high in the sky, and water flows into lower places. Thisword shows the origin of the name of St. Honen (法然) and represents an ideal Buddhist who devotesoneself to the great compassion of Amida Buddha. This is the 8th imperial gift since the then ________________________________________________Emperor gave the first title to St. Honen in 1697. Title Emperor YearFor details, please refer to the appendix. St. Honen 圓光 En-ko 東山天皇 1697is the only priest who was given a posthumous ti- 東漸 To-zen 中御門天皇 1711tle so many times. We don’t know the true inten-tion of the Emperors. However, I’m sure that the 慧定 E-jo 桃園天皇 1761Emperors honored St. Honen for finding the ulti- 弘覚 Ko-kaku 光格天皇 1811mate path to the Perfect Peace which each person 慈教 Ji-kyo 孝明天皇 1861will at last attain. Whoever calls Amida Buddha’sname will be saved and born in the Pure Land. We 明照 Mei-sho 明治天皇 1911also should give thanks to St. Honen and live a 和順 Wa-jun 昭和天皇 1961Nembutsu life. 法爾 Ho-ni 今上天皇 2011 _______________________________________ Cucumber & Eggplant Dolls YBA Meeting Fujinkai Meeting During O-Bon (Women’s association) NO MEETINGPlease do not be in July NO MEETING in Julysurprised if yousee some form ofthe Cucumber Sewing Circle Sunday SchoolHorse and the NO SEWING NO SUNDAYEggplant Cow CIRCLE in July SCHOOL in Julyaround O-Bonseason [photo above from internet]. With a Cucumber, add legswith sticks to make a horse for your ancestors to returnquickly from the Pure Land. Make a cow with an Eggplantusing sticks for your ancestors to slowly return to the Pure ♪ ♪ Jodo Mission of Hawaii ♪ ♪Land. In some places in Japan, these Cucumber and Egg- Children’s Choir “Malama”plant dolls are made and placed at the front door to welcome こども合唱団マラマyour ancestors on the first day of O-Bon and on the secondday placed at the family altar. On the last day, the dolls are July 31, 2011 at 10:45 a.m.taken to the river to carry the ancestors back to the PureLand. But they are never thrown in the river.Page 4
  5. 5. Vision for the Future (4) By Rev. Yubun NarashibaQuestion: What is the name of our main Buddha?Answer: His name is “AMIDA” Buddha.Have you heard about “The Rule of AMIDA?” This is the rule to make your templemore flourishing! This rule was originally introduced by American economist, Samuel Roland Hall asthe AIDMA law as a marketing model.1. A is for Attention. If you want to attract more people to your temple, you must get people’s attention first. Advertise- ments on newspapers, radios, TVs, Web or advertising balloons are effective. Personally, I like advertisements on the web because the cost is very low. If you know any better way to invite people’s attention, please let me know.2. M is for Memory. After you get people’s attention, your temple should always stay in their memory. How about an impressive catchphrase? How about promotional pens? In the office of Jodo Mission, we have ballpoint pens on which I can see the name of mortuaries. If you have any better ideas, please contact me.3. I is for Interest. Then you must provide enough information to stimulate people’s interests in your temple. The flyers about the teaching, services, activities or classes we offer at our temple should be always available. I hope people know that our temple offers blessings for cars, for houses or even for pets.4. D is for Desire. You succeeded to get people’s attention. The temple’s name is staying in their memory. People are interested in our activities. Perfect! Now, we have to uplift people’s desire to join our membership. The cleanliness of the temple, peaceful atmosphere, easiness to come into the office and friendliness of the temple’s staff are very important factors. Then5. A is for Action. Of course, the action we want people to take is to join our membership. However, it is very rare for a person to join instantly. Therefore, we have different categories of membership such as Regular member, Supporting member or Student member. Also our membership application is always available in our office.Above is the marketing process that many successful companies are adopting. To be honest with you,our membership is not increasing, though we are trying our best. There must be an area in which we arevery weak. Do you have any ideas? Your opinion is always welcome. Please ,email me at Page 5
  6. 6. MESSAGE FROM REV. HIROSHI OEDARev. Hiroyoshi Oeda, former minister ofBetsuin, received the message card that wesent to his temple to be shared with the vic-tims of the damaged areas. He writes asfollows: Thank you very much for your supportand powerful message. We are so encour-aged. Our temple is located mountain side ofSendai. Fortunately, we did not have bigdamage from the earthquake. Every year,our temple has many visitors from the coastarea of Tohoku, which is tsunami disasterarea. Two months have passed since theMarch 11 earthquake and tsunami. We aresurprised that in spite of this situation,many people visit the temple from the dis-aster area. They have a prayer in front ofBuddha to restart their lives. When wetalked to them, we found that some of them Above is a family photo of Rev. Hiroyoshi Oeda, wife Marihad lost their family members, houses, cars, and sons Colin, Sorachika and Kai. Rev. Oeda is pointing toand so many things. We can only listen to the message card he received from Hawaii.their stories and encourage them. However, they are so positive in mind that we are encour-aged by them. We will continue supporting them. This is my situation now. Thank you for your continuous support. Arigato gozaimasu! Please take care. Aloha, Rev. OedaNote: This time of year in Japan (O-Bon season) is normally a very busy time of year andwith the tsunami victims and their families, it even makes the O-Bon season more meaningfulfor so many of their personal losses and it is a time of year when the ministers are the busiest.We wish all the ministers in Japan trying to support their many Temple members as well asnew members to restart their lives as Rev. Oeda mentions. GANBARE! And take care!Page 6
  7. 7. Oahu Rengo Fujinkai Outstanding Youth Award On May 8, Oahu Rengo Fujinkai President Jo Ann Matsuo presented the Out- standing Youth Award to Wolfgang Takeru Nii. Takeru helps the other young children at Sunday School because he Thank you Note from Wolfgang Takeru Nii remembers when he was younger. In fact, Takeru used to cry a lot. Now he helps other You picture card written in both Eng- younger children. He was so lish and Japanese—see above. happy, he sent a picture Thank CONGRATULATIONS TAKERU! ** * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Hawaii Jodo Shu Rengo Fujinkai Presentation of Namiye Nakamura Scholarship Lauren Mayumi Nouchi ofKahului Jodo Mission was the recipi-ent of the 2011 Namiye NakamuraScholarship and was presented withthe Scholarship on Sunday, May 29,2011. Lauren graduated from Henry Per-rine Baldwin High School and plansto attend the University of San Fran-cisco to major in Psychology. She isan excellent student, active in thecommunity, school and temple. Lauren wrote: My goal in life is Above is photo of Lauren Mayumi Nouchi and proud parentssimply make an impact in other peo- June and David Nouchi and Hawaii Rengo President Sally Haya- shi who went to Kahului, Maui for this Scholarship presentation.ple’s lives. Impacting others’ lives ina positive manner means a lot to me, because I love the feeling of making a difference.When I make a difference in someone’s life such as changing their perspective or help-ing them to overcome a struggle, I feel that no amount of gratitude can compare t how Ifeel inside. We wish Lauren all the success and best wishes on her career and possibly somedayshe too will become a Fujinkai member! She has all the makings of the younger genera-tion Fujinkai! CONGRATULATIONS LAUREN! Page 7
  8. 8. Miso SomenIngredients:3 bundles of somen (2 servings)1 carrot6 leaves of won bok cabbage1/2 pkg. dashi no moto1 T mirin1 T sake4 T hatcho misoPrepare VegetablesPeel the carrot and cut it into 2 inch long julienne strips.Thinly slice 6 leaves of won bok cabbage, width-wiseMince green onionsCooking the SomenBring 2 quarts of water to a rapid boil.Place bundles of somen into the boiling water and cook for 1.5 minutes on high. (One minute and 30 seconds)Remove somen and place into serving bowls.Preparing the SoupBring 4 c of water to a boil and add 1/2 pkg. of dashi no moto.Add carrots and won bok pieces.Add 1 T of mirin and 1 T of sake. Continue to heat until vegetables are cooked.When vegetables are cooked, lower heat to medium and add 4 T of miso. Stir till well blended.ServingPlace cooked vegetables and broth into the bowls with the somen noodles.Mix to bring the somen to the surface of each serving bowl.Top with a spoonful of spicy ahi poke and garnish with green onions.Recipe by Rev. Narashiba; photos by Rev. Watanabe Page 8
  9. 9. Five Types of Noodles in JapanThere are five popular noodles in Japan:1. Udon These three noodles are all made from wheat flour. The names of the noodles are2. Somen different because of the thickness of the3. Hiyamugi noodles. Udon Hiyamugi Somen Udon is thicker than 1.7mm. Somen is thinner than 1.3 mm. Hiyamugi is in between. Udon Hiyamugi Somen4. Ramen Ramen is also made from wheat flour but it contains eggs Ramen5. Soba Soba is made from buckwheat flour and wheat flour. The proportion of the mix- ture of these two flours are different according to soba factories. Soba Information by Rev. Narashiba; Photos by Rev. Watanabe Page 9
  10. 10. 2011 BON DANCE SCHEDULE OF JODO SHU TEMPLES Island Temple Phone No. Dates Times Oahu Betsuin 949-3995 Aug 19 to 20 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm Haleiwa 637-4382 July 22 to 23 7/22: 8 pm – 10 pm 7/23: 8 pm – 11 pm Big Island Kurtistown August 6 8:00 pm [Hawaii] Call Rev. Miyazaki Hilo July 8 to 9 7/8: 7:30 pm (808) 935-6996 7/9: 8:00 pm Hakalau August 20 8:00 pm Hamakua August 13 6:30 pm Call Rev. Wansa Kohala July 9 6:30 pm (808) 775-0965 Hawi August 6 6:30 pm Maui Kahului Call Rev. John Hara June 24 to 25 7:00 pm Wailuku (808) 244-0066 June 17 7:00 pm Lahaina (808) 661-4304 July 2 7:00 pm Kauai Kapaa (808) 822-4319 July 22 to 23 7:30 pm Koloa (808) 742-6735 June 17 to 18 7:30 pm ObituariesAny Comments: Thank you for reading our The Jodo Mission of Hawaii extends its sincereBulletin. Any comments you may have or sugges- condolences to the family members and loved ones oftions for news articles would be greatly appreciated. the following members who have recently left this world for the Pure Land. Nina Yuriko Sylva 90 Barbara Chiyoko Ashimine 89 Jodo Mission Office Hours: Todd Isaac Okemura 55 Monday to Saturday Paul Takeshi Tomita 61 8am—5pm Steven Shizuo Teruya 75 Jiroichi Otani 94 Sunday & Holidays Jean Yukie Kimura 69 8am—3pm Dick Hiroyuki Okaji 89 Phone: 949-3995 Akiyoshi Nakamura no age given Susan Teruko Lubick 82 Kazoo “Casey” Hisanaga 90 Rev. Yubun Narashiba Rev. Kanjun Nakano Rev. Yasuhiro Rev. Dwight Head Minister Resident Minister Watanabe Nakamura Page 10 Resident Minister Retired Minister
  11. 11. EITAIKYO (Perpetual Memorial Service) for July1 Kichi Yanagisawa 11 Toyo Nanbu 20 Gonshichi Shintaku The Yanagisawa Family The Nanbu Family Fukuji Ikeda Yone Ishida Fusa Murakami Katsumi Imada The Murakami Family2 Toyo Tojo The Yamamoto Family 21 Shigeru Nakata The Tojo Family Shigeyo Ipponsugi Usuke Oda Tsune Uchiumi Iwao Asaumi Kamekichi Toyofuku Minoru Shigeta Fusa Murakami Kikuyo Gonhata] 22 Keisuke Kimura Ellen Kimiko Hedani 12 Hideo Higashi The Kimura Family Kamesaburo Gushiken Takeo Matsunaga3 Tamayo Yanagihara Akiyo Yano Motohiro Tanimura Morio Yanagihara Matsuyo Miyagi4 Setsuyo Sugihara The Sugihara Family 13 Kazuichi Akimoto 23 June Junko Yamashita Sumiyo Yamanaka Bunji Aoki Keizo Oda Kajo Teruya The Aoki Family Isami Yoshikawa Toki Yamamoto 24 Masako Narahara The Yoshikawa Family The Yamamoto Family Kajo Teruya Setsuyo Nitta 25 Matsuno Mishina The Yamanaka Family The Mishina Family Masaru Taira 14 Takao Amano Masuo Yanagihara Kanichi Morita The Yanagihara Family5 Asao Takara Fukutaro Nagata The Kimura Family Shige Ikeda Haya Kamimura The Weiss Family (Stillborn) Fred Yutaka Sakuda Kazuo Kamimura Donna Haruko Furutani 26 Naosuke Nakamoto 15 The Nakagawa Family The Nakamoto & Sakagawa Family6 Takaichi Hamada The Koike Family Toshio Fujimoto The Hamada Family The Fujisue Family The Fujimoto Family Miki Ajimura Doris Chiyoko Hayashi The Ajimura Family Florence Satoko Law 27 Sakutaro Koyama Takezo Ishida The Koyama Family Yosuke Mitsutani 16 The Juichi Yamada Family Sayoko Takaoka The Fujii Family Hatsu Maruichi7 Hisa Akimoto The Shikata Family Taki Ishimoto The Nishii Family 28 Koichi Ogi Seiji Ogawa The Okazaki Family Sadamu Iwamoto Haruo Okahara Miyoko Ohara8 Yoshio Furumoto The Okahara Family Darin Sueo Furutani Kamado Takara R. Toyoji Tominaga Hiroshi Arakawa Tetsuichi Umemoto 29 Kansuke Yano Sueko Kiyama The Yano, Konaka & Shigeko Shimamoto 17 Ito Tanimura Hayashi Family The Tanimura Family Mitsuo Sakakibara9 Kameichi Okamura Kome Nishiguchi Chiya Wada Matsuyo Kamioka The Nishiguchi Family Kumataro Gonhata Takiko Amakawa 30 Noriaki Masuda Masashi Kimura Yumei Uyehara The Masuda & Asamura Family Tomoe Yoshioka Kinosuke Kitamura10 Tatsu Yanagihara The Kitamura Family The Yanagihara Family 18 Hisako Fujihana Toshisuke Iwamoto Shina Kaya The Fujihana Family Noriaki Masuda The Kaya &Shimazaki Family Seiji Nakagawa Matsuo Hirayasu Keizo Nagata Miyoji Aoki Bishop Shutesu Miyamoto The Nagata Family Masutaro Kunihisa Yojiro Yamashina Tokiyo Masaki 31 Haruo Nakano Ukichi Nakano Masaaki Maruichi Kameyo Hayashi Fuji Kitagawa Usano Yamane 19 Misae Higashihara Katsumi Yano
  12. 12. 8:30am Morning Service Jodo Mission of Hawaii Everyday July 2011 Phone: 949-3995 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 23 NO SUNDAY SERVICE 4 5 6 7 8 9 8:00 O-Toba Set Up 10:30am Maunalani 8:30 am Sewing Class **3:15 pm Jodo Shu hour 8:00 General Cleanup Visitation10 11 12 13 14 15 16 10:00 Sunday Service O - B O N S E R VI CE S 10am CCH visitation 11:45 Board Meeting 10:00 am Hatsubon Families 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm17 18 19 20 21 22 23 10:00 O-Bon Service **3:15 pm Jodo Shu hour Haleiwa Bon Dance Clean-up After Service24 25 26 27 28 29 30 NO SUNDAY SERVICE 8:00 O-Toba Kuzushi31 10:00 Sunday Service EVENTS: 10:45 Children’s Choir July 3: O-Toba Set up & General Cleaning before O-Bon Services **Jodo Shu Hour Radio K-ZOO YOUR HELP IS NEEDED. (AM1210Khz, Japanese station) July 15-17: O-Bon Services at Jodo Mission of HawaiiJ uly 22-23: Haleiwa Jodo Mission Bon Dance Aug 19-20: Bon Dance at Jodo Mission of Hawaii Sept 16-18: Kyoku Convention at Betsuin