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Jodo Mission Bulletin - December 2013


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The monthly newsletter of the Jodo Mission of Hawaii for December 2013.

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Jodo Mission Bulletin - December 2013

  1. 1. JODO-E SERVICE Jodo-E (sometimes referred to as Bodhi Day) is the day that Shakyamuni Buddha attained enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree. Although Buddha’s enlightenment took place about 2500 years ago, his teachings are with us and continue to lead us to a life of true peace and happiness. The Hawaii Buddhist Council*, invites everyone to join in the Jodo-E Service: This year the service will be held at our Betsuin so please come and enjoy this beautiful service. The guest speaker is Professor Soho Machida. Professor Machida is an excellent speaker. He spoke to our members in February 2012. If you missed that event, please do not miss this Jodo-E Service: Date; Time: Place: Sunday, December 8, 2013 10:00 a.m. Jodo Mission of Hawaii 1429 Makiki Street, Honolulu, Hawaii PH: 949-3995 Guest Speaker: Professor Soho Machida Parking: Limited, carpooling encouraged *The Hawaii Buddhist Council is comprised of the following Buddhist Temples: Nichiren Mission, Soto Mission, Higashi Hongwanji Mission, Honpa Hongwanji Mission, Jodo Mission of Hawaii, Koyasan Shingon Mission and Tendai Mission. Address Service Requested Jodo Mission of Hawaii 1429 Makiki St. Honolulu HI 96814 (#1205-1213) Bulletin - DECEMBER 2013 Jodo Mission of Hawaii
  2. 2. NEW YEAR’S EVE At this time of the year, Buddhist temples observe two kinds of special services to welcome the New Year. They are New Year’s Eve service and New Year’s Day service. Have you attended these services before? If not, the following are meanings for these services. New Year’s Eve Service. New Year’s Eve service is one of the most familiar annual ceremonies for Buddhists in Japan. Here in Hawaii, the New Year’s Eve Bell ringing service is observed at each Buddhist Temple. When we listen solemnly to the sounds of the bell in the silent midnight, we reflect in ourselves, and have a feeling of deep meditation. Do you know why the temple bell rings 108 times on New Year’s Eve? To ring the bell 108 times signifies the dispelling of 108 evil passions which all human beings have. According to Buddhism we have 108 different kinds of evil thoughts in our minds. While the temple bell is rung, we pray to dispel our evil passions and thoughts. Japanese people call that night “Joya”. Joya means the very night when we should try to dispel all evil things in our lives. The New Year’s Eve service gives us a good opportunity to meditate and reflect on our life on this last day of the year. And it is also a time to express our gratitude to every blessing which we have received in our lives and at the same time to our ancestors, parents, our country and our Lord Amida Buddha. In so doing, we can welcome a most Happy New Year! Joya-e Service: Everyone is invited to New Year’s Eve Service or Joya-e Service on Tuesday, December 31st at 11:30 p.m. Please come and help ring the temple bell 108 times. New Year’s Day Service. New Year’s Day Service is another special service held on January 1st. New Year’s Day has three beginnings. It is the beginning of a new day, a new month and a new year. Therefore, it is a very important and significant day. Buddhist temples have a special service which is called Shusho-e. This service means a religious gathering to reflect on the past life (year) and correct it and think of the New Year with hopes of a better life. We can reflect on our past lives (years), confess to past deeds, and resolve for a better life by following the teachings of Amida Buddha. And we can begin the New Year with hopes for the future. These two services have long been the practices for Buddhists to finish the old year and begin the first day of the New Year. In so doing, you can begin the New Year with strengthened faith in Amida Buddha. Shusho-e or New Year’s Day Service: Please join us on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 10 a.m. for the first service of the year and pray for our safety, happiness and world peace for the coming new year. Rev. Narashiba will also give his New Year’s address in English - Happy New Year! NEW YEAR BLESSINGS AT HOME During January, 2014, New Year blessings at homes are available for those who cannot attend the New Year service at the Temple. Let’s start the wonderful New Year in the love and compassion of Amida Buddha. Please call Jodo Mission at 949-3995. Omamori are spiritual charms, talismans, and amulets in Japanese religious tradition that possess the power to ward off misfortune and procure good luck. They can be made of pieces of wood, patches of cloth, strips of paper, or rings of metal and come in various sizes though the majority found in Hawaii tend to be no larger than the size of one’s palm. Omamoris are available at Jodo Mission. Page 2 Please call Jodo Mission at 949-3995 for more information.
  3. 3. Fairwell Message By Rev. Yasuhiro Watanabe Thank you for the kindness and support that you have shown to me over the past three years. I especially offer special thanks to Bishop Hara, Rev. Narashiba, Rev. Nakano, the other ministers in Hawaii, and the many people who helped me to come and stay here. I also would like to thank the Jodo Mission president, the board members, the members who attend Sunday services, and all of the Jodo Shu members. I enjoyed many events at Jodo Mission like Buddha Day, Bon Dance, bazaar, and the mochi sale. I was amazed that many local people came together each year at the Bon Dance. I also enjoyed the refreshments served by Fujinkai members and the activities with Sunday school children. It was a big surprise that a kind of skinny Santa Clause with glasses came to our temple for three years. I really had a meaningful time in Hawaii. I did funeral and memorial services at temple and at mortuaries. It was a precious experience to be able to officiate at inurnment services at Punchbowl. I learned American culture through the temple activities, Thanksgiving dinner, and English lessons. I went to shopping centers, local restaurants, and movie theaters wearing aloha shirts. I also traveled to the neighbor islands and enjoyed the beauty in Hawaii. I plan to do many things when I return to Japan. I will reconnect with my family and friends, and I will find a new position. Hopefully, I will continue to serve in a temple as a minister. Hawaii has helped to prepare me for this. It was my honor to be a minister at Jodo Mission of Hawaii. I look forward to seeing you again some day. Mahalo and Aloha! Rev. Yasuhiro Watanabe Visitation by Jodo Shu Dignitaries from Japan: Bishop Yugen Miyabayashi, Chief Minister of Jodo Shu International and Social Affairs Department and Rev. Dosho Takeda of Taisho University visited the Betsuin on October 23 and 24, 2013. Rev. Takeda & Bishop Miyabayashi above Some Board members and members met with the two dignitaries on October 23 and on October 24, the dignitaries interviewed two Board members and a former Kyoku president regarding the future of Jodo Shu and the type of ministers we would like to have in Hawaii and are there ministers willing to come to Hawaii. Page 3
  4. 4. BAZAAR NEWS MAHALO NUI LOA Thank you, thank you to everyone who volunteered their precious time to make our annual Bazaar held on October 27, a great success! This year the Bazaar was chaired by Jon Riki Karamatsu and Rev. Narashiba. It was an event of dedicated members and friends who unselfishly came for days to prepare the items for sale at the Bazaar. The preparation involved donations by members and friends, the collection and storage of these donations, the sorting, displaying, pricing, selling and the overall clean-up; the parking attendants; the planning and coordination of every phase of the Bazaar; the pre-Bazaar preparation, i.e., the buying of foods for the pickles and meals for the volunteers for the entire week; and all the other incidentals that come with a great project. Here are some photos. The Craft section outshined all the others. The beautiful quilts hanging near the stage area. Doris Soma who has Sewing Circle classes twice a month sold some beautiful things they made. Donations of baked goods, spam musubis, tsukemonos, plants were also good sellers. ARIGATO! To all who came to shop, to the workers who worked so hard and tirelessly, THANK YOU SO MUCH! Hope you had fun! See you again next year! Lots of items for sale: dishes, pots & pans, clothing, toys, books, etc. Page 4 Neatly folded clothes; signs for people to see Cashiers were kept busy with many purchasers. Crafts were the most profitable: All the beautiful quilts, blankets, rugs, etc. Smiling ladies Dorothy Murashige & Amy Yano selling musubis, tsukemonos, sushi vinegar. Missing from this photo was Dorothy’s husband Richard Murashige. THANK YOU Mr. and Mrs. Murashige who spent most of their time in this section. Men selling plants had fun: Teruto Soma, Herbert Fujikawa and Richard Karamatsu Rev. Narashiba was directing traffic
  5. 5. Visitors from Japan: Rev. Hiroyoshi Oeda and his family recently came to Hawaii for a visit. His sons have grown up. Some friends and members gathered for a dinner one night and everyone had a wonderful time! Hope to see him and his family again soon! Rev. Hiroki Maeda and his family also visited the Betsuin. Photos can be seen in the November Bulletin. Rev. Maeda also helped in Bazaar prep day. Rev. Yoshitaka Hatanaka and his wife also visited the Betsuin recently. Hopefully he will come again soon and stay long enough for the members to meet him and his wife. MOCHI (Dec. 28) ORDER FORM おもち注文表 Deadline for order is Saturday, December 7, 2013 注文締め切り12月7日 HOME PHONE NO. 電話番号 PLEASE PRINT NAME 名前 OKASANE おかさね $4.25/SET TOTAL 合計 KOMOCHI こもち $3.75/POUND SETS LBS DOLLARS DOLLARS DOLLARS FOR OFFICE USE ONLY Order accepted by: _______________ Received by: _______________ Date accepted: _____/_____/_2013 (In person/ Mail / Phone) Date paid: _____/_____/_2013 (Cash / Check# ) Page 5
  6. 6. TOWNHALL DISCUSSION Sunday, December 22 after 10 am Service As part of the Ministers and Ministers’ Wives’ Seminar December 21 and 22, there will be a townhall discussion with all ministers from 13 Jodo Shu temples. Rev. Dosho Takeda of Taisho University will return for this Seminar and will be part of the Townhall Discussion. Also coming to this Ministers and Ministers’ Wives Seminar is Archbishop Shogen Miyabayashi of Komyoji Temple in Kamakura. Please mark your calendars for this Townhall Discussion (or brainstorming session) which will cover the subject of the future of Jodo Shu in Hawaii. As many of you heard from the “Aloha Buddha” film, membership at Buddhist temples are declining. Your opinions are important so please come for this interesting discussion. Sunday, December 22, after 10 a.m. Sunday Service. Refreshments will be served and everyone is invited. Jodo Mission Office Hours: Monday to Saturday: 8am—5pm Sunday & Holidays: 8am—3pm Phone: 949-3995 MOCHITSUKI DAY Please come and help make mochi beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 28, 2013. It is hard work AND also lots of fun to make mochi and a wonderful experience for families and friends. Bring your friends and family! There are lots of things to do in preparing for the orders taken—mochi rice needs to be steamed, shaped, packing, etc. Obituaries 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. Tatsui Oshita Henry Kazuto Hayamoto James Yutaka Nakatsuka Gladys Kazue Ebisuya Kenji Matsuo Website: Rev. Yubun Narashiba Rev. Kanjun Nakano Rev. Dwight Nakamura Head Minister Resident Minister Bishop Emeritus Page 6 98 84 95 95 100
  7. 7. Perpetual Memorial Service (Eitaikyo) for December 1 2 3 4 5 6 Jusaku Kimura Sato Imaguchi Isamu Matsumoto Masayoshi Tanigawa The Kimura & Muroshige Family The Imaguchi Family Kame Aoki (2) Kame Yano (2) Ayako Yokoyama Shizue Matsuda Shizue Nakano Hisashi Kochi Tose Terada The Aoki & Kimura Family The Yano, Konaka & Hayashi Faimily The Yokoyama & Morita Family The Matsuda Family Michiko Miyao Fumie Chinen Fumiko Hayashi Fujino Masatsugu The Chinen Family Ryuichi Higashimura Gunichi Morioka Nobusuke Shinagawa The Higashimura Family The Morioka Family Tatsuji Kusunoki Yuichi Kanayama Yasuyo Hirano Kane Otani Rice Ishii Kameyo Morimoto Irene Nishida Kiyoichi Kishida The Kusunoki Family The Hirano & Kaneko Family Tane Oda Tokuemon Imamoto Hideo Morita Kiyoko Maehara Imamoto & Kawakami Family Kazue Ukeda 7 Matsujiro Tanimura 8 Reisuke Wakagi Seiichi Nakamura Yoshio Higashimura Matsuyo Tanimura Takaichi Tamakawa The Wakaki Family The Nakamura Family The Tanimura Family 9 Genjiro Shimabukuro Tora Aoki Ichiro Kishi (2) Yutaka Onaga (2) The Shimabukuro Family The Aoki Family The Kishi Family 10 Hyoichi Sugihara Asa Nanba Chokichi Nakamura Hiroshi Hayamoto Ito Kawanishi Matsu Gushiken Jiro Saiki The Sugihara Family 11 Asajiro Inada Zenshiro Sato Paul Tanigawa Edward Yokoyama Hanako Uchiumi Inada & Morimoto Family Grace Saiki Beringer 12 RokuichiYanagihara Jisaku Yanagihara Robert Wong 13 Mosaku Hayashi Hana Imai Sachiko Fujikami The Yano, Konaka & Hayashi Family Mutsuko Reed 14 Umetaro Ogata Yuichi Nose Tamikichi Yasuda Naoji Nishimura Yoshiko Tanigawa Tsuruko Gushikuma Curtis Tokue Uehara 15 Masagoro Kitagawa Yoshio Miyao Masami Kawamura The Kitagawa Family Ichiji Kiyuna Kisei Takara Manabu Omura 16 Fusakichi Okawa The Shigeoka & Okawa Family Robert Mitsuyasu 17 Yasukichi Kaya Rinsuke Uesugi Hideo Moritsugu Kona Matsuda Kaya & Shimazaki Family 26 Haru Ogawa Seiji Minehira Maurice Bungo Udo Shinemon Toishigawa Hisayo Doris Imaguchi 18 Bishop Kyodo Fujihana Alice Y. Fukunaga (2) Kiyoko Kagihara Taichi Ebisuzaki 27 Tsunesuke Yamamoto Tamito Yasuda Evelyn Hideko Yagi 19 Tsunesuke Yanagihara (2) Iwa Yanagihara Jane Takabayashi Jeanette Asako Hayashi The Yanagihara Family 20 Satoshi Yasumoto 21 Tokutsuchi Saeki Masao Yano George K. Kimoto Seiichi Kimura Judith K. Kodama The Saeki Family 22 Emiko Hirai Kama Chinen Tsurumatsu Miyamasu Umekichi Yamachika Kikuyo Goto Harold T. Hamasaki The Hirai Family The Chinen Family The Miyamasu Family The Yamachika & Matsushige Family 23 Tsuru Nakamura Teruo Asai Hideko Wada Giichi Kawamura The Nakamura Family Setsuko Onaga 24 Totsuchi Nanba Tokutsuchi Muranaka Matsu Yokomichi Kame Yanagihara Ryuichi Ipponsugi Hatsuno Hirai Michika Umeda Gaines The Nanba Family The Muranaka Family The Nanba Totsuchi Family Roy Toyosuke Ohnaga (2) 25 The Sato Family 28 Ichiro Sagawa Saichi Ikeda The Kawahara Family The Ikeda Family 29 Kiku Yanagihara Shotaro Nose Kamato Akamine Chiyoe Kameoka Teruo Gushikuma 30 Seiichi Tsuchiya Hatsuyo Yoshioka The Tsuchiya Family 31 Hira Yamane Teruyo Kishii Yoshikazu Wada Frances S. Johnson Ito The Yamane & Harada Family Wilfred Masaichi Taira The Agari Uebaru Family The Naka Uebaru Family The Uebaru Guwa Family
  8. 8. 8:00 Temple Cleaning 10:30 Sunday School End of the Year Party 10:00 Sunday Service 10:00 Sunday Service 10:45 Townhall Discussion Ministers & Ministers’ Wives Seminar (cont’d) 30 23 16 9 2 Mon 31 24 17 10 3 New Year’s Eve Service 11:30 pm Tue 25 18 11 4 26 19 12 5 Thu 27 20 13 6 Fri Mochi can be picked up on: Saturday, December 28, 2013 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm Deadline to Order Mochi Mochitsuki Day Dec 1 at 10:30 am Sunday School 28 Ministers & Ministers’ Wives Seminar 12/21 & 12/22 21 14 7 Sat Phone: 949-3995 Jodo Mission of Hawaii NO MEETINGS IN DECEMBER: Fujinkai; YBA; Sewing Circle Wed December 2013 Dec 1 at 8:00 am General Clean-up—We need your help! Dec. 8 at 10:00 am HBC Jodo-e (Bodhi Day) at Jodo Mission Dec. 28 Mochitsuki Day Dec. 31 at 11:30 pm New Year’s Eve Service Jan 1 at 10 am—New Year’s Day Service Jan 26 at 10 am Sunday Service, including memorial service for St. Honen; General Membership Meeting; New Year’s Party HIGHLIGHT OF EVENTS: 29 22 10:30 Sunday School End of the Year Party Service 10:00 HBC Bodhi Day 15 8 1 Sun 8:30am Morning Service Everyday