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  1. 1. JODO MISSION OF HAWAII BULLETIN - MAY 2011 (#1174-0511)Jodo Mission of Hawaii1429 Makiki St.Honolulu HI 96814Address Service Requested 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 23, 2011 at 10:00 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. Flowers Needed for Lei Making on Friday, May 27, 2011 Please bring Plumeria or other small flowers for leis to Jodo Mission on Thursday, May 26, 2011. Sr. YBA is inviting everyone to join us on May 27, 2011 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.
  2. 2. Sermon: Power of Unity Given Rev. Yasuhiro Watanabe on Sunday, March 27, 2011 First of all, I would like to offer my deepest condolences to thevictims of the tsunami and quake in the northeast of Japan. As youknow, the Japanese are patient and polite. Even though they had such amajor disaster, they behave calmly and orderly and are taking the first step on the roadof recovery. Their attitude is praised by people all over the world. I’m proud of theJapanese spirit. Today, I’d like to talk about the power of unity and send great encour-agement to the Japanese. A researcher at Columbia University said, “Japanese have a sense of being firstand foremost responsible to the community. This communitarian spirit at the foundationof Japanese culture seems to function even more efficiently under the stress of disas-ter.” If the Japanese are asked the reason for devotion to community, they often answerby saying a phrase, “Komattatoki ha Otagaisama.” It means that, when we have trou-ble, let’s help each other. It is natural for us to share hardships and help each other. Thisis a virtue and a kind of justice which all people in Japan share equally. I’m sure thatthis spirit of mutual aid will continue to work effectively in today’s difficult situation. In fact, Japanese cooperation has deep cultural roots. In Japanese, we call asense of unity “Wa.” It is one of the most important words for understanding our spirit.At the beginning of the seventh century, Prince Shotoku established the first constitu-tion called the Seventeenth-Article Constitution. His face is well known on the former¥10,000 bill. He wrote in Article I, “Wa or harmony is to be valued,” and declared hispolicy that cooperation was fundamental to our society. Since then, Wa, or cooperativework, has been deeply kept in our hearts. With this historical background, we still feelthat harmony is more important than self-assertion, argument or confrontation. This spirit has been handed down for generations. Now, I’ll show you a wonder-ful example. In January, the Japanese national soccer team, “Samurai Blue,” won the2011 Asian Cup at Doha. In soccer, we kick and pass the ball to our teammate to get agoal. One goal is very precious and the result of players’ team work. I heard most Japa-nese really enjoyed this exciting tournament. Actually, all the games were very close. Inthe final, Japan beat sports super-power, Australia, in extra time. A substitute player,Lee, fired a volley with his left foot in the corner, leaving the Australian goal keepermotionless. I have never seen such a beautiful goal in Japanese soccer history. The Ital-ian manager, Alberto Zaccheroni, pointed out that unity was the biggest reason for vic-tory. He said, “The team effort and team spirit pulled us through. The whole of Japancan be proud of having a team like this.” The great performance of Samurai Blue is astrong message for us that the Japanese team spirit, cooperation and devotion, is veryeffective in overcoming hardships. I hope that the entire nation of Japan continue toshow us exceptional team work in the recovery from this tsunami and quake.Page 2
  3. 3. Vision for the Future (2) Do you want to hire a super secretary who works 24/7 for your templeonly for $250 a month? She will never ask you any other benefits for herhard work. Her name is Miss Home Page! If you are new to Hawaii and if you want to buy a car, what will you do?You go onto the internet and try to find a car dealer, right? How about yourself? Is there any single day passes by without using the internet? In US,239,232,863 people are using internet. Amazingly, it’s 7 people out of 10. How about inJapan? 99,143,700 people are using internet. Again, it’s 7 people out of 10! If this statisticsis applied to Hawaii, 906,625 people are using internet in Hawaii. Therefore, if we have agood Home Page in the web, 906,625 people will be able to find us with a very small cost!How much is the cost? Let’s say $1,000 at the beginning to make a home page, $100 amonth for a rental server, and $150 per month to maintain the home page. It’s only 0.14cents per person for the first month, and 0.028 cents from the second month. Don’t you thinkit’s a good deal? With the expense of $1, more than 3000 people may be able to find whowe are. Imagine that you go to a supermarket and ask somebody if he or she knows Jodo Mis-sion. Do you think one person say, “Yes” out of 100 people? Jodo Mission does not exist toother 99 people. There are many things we can do for the future of our temple. Why don’t we make ourhome page, now?! (Your comments are always welcome to Bits of Knowledge about Buddhism Vol.06 “Flower for the Buddhist” By Rev. Yasuhiro Watanabe On the altar of Jodo Mission, you can see somegolden flowers on either side of Amida Buddha. They are inthe shape of lotus flowers because a lotus flower is the mostprecious to us as the Buddhists. According to the Sutra, bythe 49th day when a person passed away, the deceased willbe born from a lotus bud in the Pure Land. When the flowercomes into bloom, he/she will start a new life in the Pure Land. The Lotus also represents the ideal of Buddhist. It grows and flowers only in mudwater, but it is never stained by the mud and produces a white beautiful flower. Mud water isa metaphor for this world. The flower symbolizes that the Buddhist should live the right wayin the real world. Buddha’s dharma adapts to meet our needs in daily life. In this way, the lotus is the most meaningful flower for Buddhists. So, we have im-ages of the lotus on the altar. And you may find a lotus pond in some other temples. Page 3
  4. 4. Dear Members and Friends of Jodo Mission of Hawaii: Once again, I would like to thank you fromthe bottom of my heart for the kind and gener-ous monetary donations. As you can see on T.V. or newspaper, Ja-pan is recovering quickly and steadily fromthe Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Disas-ter. However, since 13,392 people died and15,133 are still missing, the reconstruction ofthe community will take a long, long time, andthe mental and spiritual pain of losing familymembers or friends will last even longer. Now, I am very proud to announce that wehave collected $36,220 for the victims as ofMarch 31, and more donations are coming ineveryday. Your donations and messages willbe sent to Japan by the end of this month. Iam sure that this will bring a hope to the resi-dents of the disaster-stricken area. Thank you very much for your help. In Gassho, Rev. Yubun Narashiba Above: Grave site at Senkoji Temple in Iwanuma City, South of Sendai800 Grand Memorial Services at Chio-nin Postponed: Due to the earthquake, tsunami, nuclear disasters in Japan, the ceremonies whichwere to be held in early April 2011 were cancelled. Bishop Gensho Hara indicated theywill be rescheduled October 2 to 16, however, he will find out in May whether the Octo-ber dates are firm dates. We will let you know as soon as we find out. Thank you.Some Information Re Jodo Shu Temples in Japan: Did you know that Jodo Shu has approximately 257 temples in the various affectedareas in Japan, which are recovering from earthquake, tsunami and radio activity? In theMiyagi Prefecture alone, which includes Sendai, there are 56 Jodo Shu Temples. In Iwatethee are 34 Jodo Shu Temples. In Fukushima Prefecture there are approximately 167Jodo Shu Temples. SEE some photos on next page.Page 4
  5. 5. PHOTOS OF JAPAN [Copied from Northeast Japan Jodo Shu Young Ministers Association Website] Above: Joshoji Temple in Miyagi Prefecture. Right photo shows how high the water came at Joshoji Temple. Below: Grave stones at Joshoji TempleRight top: Saikoji Temple in Ishinomaki City, north of Sendai Mud & debri inside Saikoji TempleRight: outside Saikoji Temple Above: Temple Bell among debri at Shotokuji Temple in Sendai. Page 5
  6. 6. Miso Helps Protect Body Against Atomic Radiation and Heavy MetalPoisoning What is miso? Miso is a fermented soy food and is one of the world’s most delicious,versatile and medicinal foods. Miso for centuries has been known as a folk remedy forweak digestion, cancer, radiation sickness, tobacco poisoning, acidic conditions, lowlibidio, and several types of intestinal infections. Miso’s reputation as one of nature’s mosthealing foods is being confirmed by modern medical science. These studies show whatfolk healers have known for centuries. It is not any one particular component of miso thatmakes it such an effective healing food but rather a complex combination of ingredientsand a unique double fermentation process that transforms soybeans and grains into a potentmedicine. Dr. Shinichiro Akizuki, director of St. Francis Hospital in Nagasaki during World War IIwho spent years treating atomic bomb victims just a few miles from ground zero did notsuffer the usual effects of radiation.. Dr. Akizuki hypothesized that he and his associateswere protected from the deadly radiation because they drank miso soup every day. It has been reported that European countries imported truckloads of miso from Japan af-ter the Chernobyl nuclear plant incident. Pork Miso Soup Serves: 2 Ingredients: 4 cups water 1 pkg. dashi no moto 1/2 lb. pork, sliced sukiyaki style 1 1/2 c. daikon, sliced into rectangles 1/2 pkg bean sprouts 1 med. carrot, sliced into rectangles 1/4 c. shiro miso 4 oz. konnyaku, sliced into rectangles green onions, chopped Directions: 1. Place 4 cups of water into a pot and add one pkg. of dashi no moto. 2. Prepare vegetables: Peel daikon and carrot Cut daikon into slices approximately 1” x 1.5” Cut carrot into slices approximately 1.5” x .5” Slice konnyaku into rectangles similar to carrot. Add them to the pot of water and dashi no moto. 3. Bring pot to a boil and let vegetables cook for approximately 4 minutes. 4. Skim the foaming bubbles off the surface of the mixture. 5. Separating the slices, add the pork to the boiling mixture and cook for 30 seconds. 6. Skim the foaming bubbles from the surface once again. 7. Add half a package of bean sprouts. Heat for another 30 seconds. 8. Lower heat and add 1/4 cup miso, stirring miso until it is dissolved into the soup. Serve in bowls, garnishing with chopped green onions.Page 6
  7. 7. Sunday School Excursion to Honolulu Zoo On January 30, 2011, Sundaywent to the Honolulu Zoo. Lookslike they are enjoying themselves. Photo on right features Rev. Wa-tanabe, advisors and mothers. Back row; Yukari Narashiba, Rev.Watanabe, Kay Oshiro, JoAnn Matsuo,Makoh Nii, Hitomi Paraso. Front row; Takeru Nii, SophieNarashiba, A’Marie Paraso and StriderParaso Note of Appreciation from Makoh Nii (Takerus mother): 『サンデースクールでは、いつもお寺でのマナーや、日本の文化を学びつつ、楽しい 経験もさせていただき、感謝しています。 先日の遠足はZOOで、サンデースクールのメンバーと逝くZOOは、いつも見るZOOの 風景と違った、新鮮なものでした。 息子も私も、いつになく楽しい思いをいたしました。 思い掛けず雨にもふられましたが、それも楽しい思い出です。 どうもありがとうございました』 Translation: We are so fortunate to have opportunities to learn various things such as manners in temples and cultures in Japan in addition to having fun with friends through the Sunday School at Jodo Mission. We had an excursion to the Honolulu Zoo from the Sunday School on January 30, 2011 and we enjoyed visiting the zoo from different way than we go there by ourselves. Although my son and I had been to the zoo before, we enjoyed so much with all Sunday School friends. Unexpectedly, we had a shower (like a storm!) and that was also a fun experience. Thank you very much. Hello Everyone! Would you like to have some fun with us? We have Sunday School Class 1-2 times in each month. Besides attending Sunday Service and learning about Buddhism, we also go on picnics, have birthday parties, Christmas party, and do fun things together!! Please call Jodo Mission of Hawaii at 949-3995 if you would like to know more about us. We are looking forward to seeing more new students! In Gassho, Rev. Watanabe Page 7
  8. 8. Announcements Hanamatsuri On Sunday, April 10, the Hawaii Buddhist Council held its Buddha Day or Hana- matsuri Service at Jodo Mission. We wish to thank the Fujinkai ladies, led by Carol Yanagihara, who helped put together two beautiful hanamidos for this service The hanamidos are pagoda like structures, with the Baby Buddha in the center surrounded by beautiful flowers and amacha or sweet tea. Everyone coming to the Ser- vice was able to pour the sweet tea over the Baby Bud- dha statute. THANK YOU also for the many people who brought flowers from their yards for us to use. See more Hanamatsuri photos on next page. Sunday School 5/8/11 Two students from Punahou came to help: Courtney Kaneshiro and Carli Matsuoka. As part of Mother’s Day Service 10 a.m. their Japanese class, they came to participate in our ha- 5/22/11 after choir class namido creation. Now, they will go back and give their presentation of what they did and what they learned. THANK YOU COURTNEY and CARLI for coming to help. Hope you found it interesting.! ♫Children’s Choir “Malama”♫ 5/1/11 at 10:40 a.m. 5/22/11 at 10:40 a.m.Any child ages 5 to 8 years old can join.Children will sing mainly Japanese songsand Buddhist gathas. Practice will be inJapanese. ♫ ♫ CONTEST May 8th is Mother’s Day (Haha No Hi)Fujinkai Meeting(Women’s association) YBA Meeting What do you remember most about your 5/1/11 5/22/11 Mother, Mom, Mama, Okaa-san? Was it the 8:30 a.m. 8:30 a.m. delicious food she prepared, the clothes she made for you, the wonderful words of wisdom she had, the Sewing Circle encouragement she gave for studying hard, for doing the best you can, for enjoying life to the fullest, etc. 5/14 and 5/28/11 In 100 words or less, please send in your 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. thoughts to Jodo Mission of Hawaii by Saturday, May 7th. No age requirement on entering this Any interested person is welcome contest. to participate Please come to our Mother’s Day Service on May 8th at 10:00 a.m.Page 8
  9. 9. HANAMATSURI PHOTOS[Hawaii Buddhist Council sponsored Hanamatsuri Service on April 10, 2011] Guest Speaker was Dr. George Tanabe. Congregation is listening to his talk. Congregation included members of seven Buddhist denominations: Higashi Hongwanji Mission of Ha- waii, Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii, Jodo Mission of Hawaii, Koyasan Shingon Mission of Hawaii, Nichiren Mis- sion of Hawaii, Soto Mission of Hawaii and Tendai Mission of Left: Closeup of Hawaii. inside one of Left: Our beautiful altar with one of the Hanamidos with the Hanamidos. Baby Buddha inside surrounded with sweet tea and flowers. Right: Jodo Mission’s Chil- dren’s Choir performed. Below: Audi- ence enjoyed the entertain- ment by Koboji Temple. Right: Even Bishop Dean Okimura of Koboji Temple danced and was MC for the entertainment portion. Left: Koboji dancer Dazman even got Ha- namatsuri MC up to dance: 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 Obituaries NOKOTSUDO (Columbarium) Vases: The Jodo Mission of Hawaii extends its sincere We need to clean the Nokotsudo which hascondolences to the family members and loved many, many vases. Saturday, June 4th isones of the following members who have recently our target date. If you have any personalleft this world for the Pure Land. vases, artificial plants and flowers, would you please take them home. We realize that Masato Okimura 91 you may bring a special vase for your use and then when you come the next time, you cannot find it so you bring another one. Jodo Mission Office Hours: We do not want to break your special Monday to Saturday vase and that may happen when the No- 8am—5pm kotsudo people are cleaning the vases or if Sunday & Holidays 8am—3pm thee are too many vases on the shelves. Phone: 949-3995 Thank you. Rev. Yubun Narashiba Rev. Kanjun Nakano Rev. Yasuhiro Rev. Dwight Head Minister Resident Minister Watanabe Nakamura Resident Minister Retired MinisterPage 10
  11. 11. EITAIKYO (Perpetual Memorial Service) for May1 Tome Iwamoto Hikoichi Hirai Tome Toishigawa The Hirai Family Moushi Uehara 24 Zensuke Yokomichi 2 Bishop Buntetsu Miyamoto Teruo Sawamura The Yokomichi Family Etsuo Nakagawa Fumiko Yogi The Kondo Family Kenichi Hayashi Kaizo Goto 3 Mitsuyo Nakahara The Goto Family The Fukunaga Family Teruo Sawamura The Sawamura Family Kichizo Yamamoto Mitsuko Sakai The Miyashige Family Betty Oshita 4 Eikichi Hirouji Katsutoshi Kano The Yamamoto Family The Miyamasu Family Takeji Ogata Tamotsu Takaoka 14 Kiku Miyashige Kiseno Nakano Toshio Yoshioka The Goto Family Satsuki Nakano The Miyashige Family Kamazo Teruya 5 Sadaichi Mito Fui Yamato Natsu Muramoto The Mito Family The Yamato Family Michie Makino Toshio Karamatsu 25 Keiichi Mineishi The Makino & Okamura Family Kiku Matsumoto The Mineishi Family Morita Kokubun Kura Harada Kazuo Shidaki Shinichi Yanagihara The Shidaki Family 6 Tokusaburo Fukuda (2) Yoshio Nishimura The Fukuda Family (2) 16 Kamekichi Hayashi Shinsuke Uchiumi Tora Kanayama (2) The Hayashi Family Minoru Yamane The Kanayama Family Kozo Okamoto Yonosuke Ikuta Hitoshi Nitta Peggy Miyako Ogi The Takazawa Family Kamato Uyehara Tamayo Matsumori 17 Hiromu Hayashi 26 Senkichi Fukuda Laurie T. Cho Wallace Kazuyo Sakai The Fukuda Family Kazuo Karimoto Helen Miyoko Fujikami Tamashiro Fukuji Muranaka Kuma Tatei Rikio Kunihisa 18 Hatsuyo Yamamoto Mitsuki Kimoto Masaru Morimoto The Yamamoto Family Toshiko Higa 7 Minetaro Katagiri Tadami Uemoto The Katagiri Family Chizuko Koto 27 Kichi Hisamura Tsuyako Kishii Haru Shimizu Torakichi Miyao The Imamiya Family The Kawabe Family Takashi Saiki Kiyoshi Hirano The Mitsujiro Kurashige Family Kiyoshi Narahara 28 Iro Yamane Satoru Miura Misao Yasuda Kayoko Miyamoto Toshiko Yamanaka Shuso Gushikuma 8 Toshiko Kusunoki Shurei Gushikuma Tami Kawasaki 19 Kamechiyo Uyehara Kamaru Gushikuma The Kusunoki Family Fumio Fujiwara Kama Gushikuma Tsuru Kitamura The Kawasaki Family 20 Sukeo Matsuno 29 Mayo Yamamoto Yasuo Kagihara The Matsuno Family The Yamamoto Family The Nakagawa Family Hatsue Tsuda The Suzukawa Family The Kitamura Family The Tsuda Family Yazaburo Shoji Seki Tamura Kamei Akamine Tohe Shoji Family Haruyo Iwamoto Joji Sakaguchi10 Sada Kurihara Koan Takara Tomiko Yamanaka The Kurihara Family Benzo Takahashi Haruo Kito The Ajimura Family The Kito Family The Ito Family (Stillborn) 21 Fuji Yamamoto Hatsuko Toishigawa The Yamamoto Family Sumie Ito11 Masataka Fukuda Shigeko Fujikami The Fukuda Family The Fujikami Family 30 Tamezo Yanagihara Shuzo Mitsutani The Yanagihara Family The Mitsutani Family 22 Tsunekichi Tamanaha Heikichi Ichida Ayataro Nanbu The Tamanaha Family The Ichida Family The Nanbu Family Masuo Tomita Setsu Yamamoto Kimiko Fujii Haruo Nakagawa Mackay Umeichi Yanagisawa Kikuyo Hayashi Tsunejiro Iwamoto Kinuyo Matsui 23 Hichizo Nishimura Yoshiko Moritsugu Matsuichi Onaga The Nishimura Family The Aoki Family 31 Hideo Kuniyuki12 Konosuke Tsuda Harukichi Hirohama Ichiro Obara The Tsuda Family The Hirohama Family Tahei Harada Kimie Takaoka Ishi Onaga Mieko Takara The Onaga Family Yasu Ogi The Nakamura Family Kenji Otani Tomoko Hayashi Kenzo Hashimoto13 Konzo Nakai Hichizo Nishimura The Nakai Family Page 11
  12. 12. 8:30am Morning Service May 2011 Jodo Mission of Hawaii Everyday Phone: 949-3995 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat1 8:30am Fujinkai Meeting 2 3 4 5 6 7 10:30am Maunalani ***3:15 pm Jodo Shu 10:00am Obetsuji Service Visitation hour8 9 10 11 12 13 14 10am Mother’s Day Service 8:30 am Sewing Class 10am CCH visitation 10:30am Sunday School 11:45am Board Meeting15 16 17 18 19 20 21 10am Sunday Service **3:15 pm Jodo Shu hour22 8:30am YBA Meeting 23 24 25 26 27 28 10am Juzukuri Service 10:00 HBC Me- 8am Sr. YBA Lei 8:30 am Sewing Class morial Day Ser- Making Event 10:40am Children’s Choir; then Sunday School vice at Punchbowl Cemetery29 30 31 10am Memorial Day Service Baccalaureate Service will follow ***Jodo Shu Hour Radio K-ZOO (AM1210Khz, Japanese station) Coming Events: July 22-23: Haleiwa O-Bon Services July 3: General Cleanup & O-Toba Set up—We need your help July 15, 16: O-Bon Services; 10:00 am Hatsubon only Aug 19-20: Our Bon Dance 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm Julu 17: O-Bon Service: 10:00 am