JODO MISSION OF HAWAII
BULLETIN - JULY 2010
Jodo Mission of Hawaii
1429 Makiki St.
Honolulu HI 96814
Address Service Requested
Announcements Pages 2-5. 8
The Life of Honen (cont’d) Page 6
Perpetual Memorial Service Page 10-11
Calendar Page 12
CONCERT UNVEILING OUR NEW PIANO
A concert unveiling our new piano will be held on Sunday, June 27, from 10:30
a.m. at Jodo Mission. (Our new piano was made possible through donations from
Honolulu Jodo Shu Fujinkai, Honolulu Yoshimizuko, and many, many private donations.)
This concert will be a joint concert with Stuart Nago, who is a music lecturer at
Kapi`olani Community College, Darin Miyashiro, who is the Koto instructor at University
of Hawaii and Rev. Kanjun Nakano, who is the former piano instructor at Kacho Col-
lege in Japan and is now a minister of Jodo Mission of Hawaii. Guest performer is June
Suzuki, who is a Shamisen instructor.
Admission is free and refreshments will be served in Ikoi Hall. Of course, your
kind donation is always welcome.
Stuart Nago Rev. Kanjun Nakano June Suzuki
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BARAZUSHI & TURKEY FUNDRAISER
On May 23, 2010, we completed two successful fundraisers. The idea of selling
prepackaged smoked turkey drumsticks was suggested by Mr. Adachi of the Manoa Aikido
Club. He had completed a successful fundraiser selling this product.
Once the Temple’s Board of Directors agreed to tackle this project, we contacted
Kala Kokua. Aki Nishiyama accounted for and mailed the turkey drumstick tickets to our
members. We cannot image the headache this must have caused her! Early on the day of
the fundraiser, Aki prepared and cooked a tasty luncheon for each fundraiser volunteer.
The Fujinkai ladies Tomoko Hisamoto, JoAnn Matsuo and Judy Teruya arrived
around 5:00 AM to wash and cook the rice for barazushi. Other Fujinkai ladies including
Sally Hayashi, Mikie Karimoto and her daughter Ann Gimbo, Ethel Miyamoto,
Peggy Miyamoto, Yukari Narashiba, Doris Soma, Carol Yanagihara and friends in-
cluding Martha Miura, Kay Oshiro and her daughter Karen, followed by fanning the
hot rice, adding just the right amount of ingredients to make them ono, then packaging the
barazushi for selling, and collecting money for the barazushi. ALL the barazushi were
sold in an hour. WOW! There were many members saying they wished they came earlier
to buy the barazushi. YUM, they were delicious!
Simultaneously that morning, boxes of frozen smoked turkey drumsticks arrived.
Conscientiously, Ian Kitajima, JoAnn Matsuo, Clifford Miyamoto, David Miyamoto,
Veedu Vinod, Masa Oshiro and Herbert Fujikawa quickly opened boxes and packaged
the drumsticks for sale. Sally Hayashi and Tomoko Hisamoto added cooking instruc-
tions and recipes with the drumstick packages. With their cheerful smiles, Karen Oshro,
Rev. Yubun Narashiba and a new friend Linda Mayahara handed out turkey drumstick
packages/boxes for sale (even in the morning rain and wind). Sophie Narashiba called
out her THANK YOU for each sale. Doris Soma accounted for the incoming tickets.
Thank you Ian Kitajima for troubleshooting (whether it involved sales discrepancies to
customers, moving the products from site to site, packaging the drumsticks and assisting
with the cleanup). Please forgive me if I did not mention your name and you also gave of
yourself this day.
I humbly thank everyone who contributed their time, energy and muscles during
these simultaneous fundraisers! Everyone pitched in doing multiple jobs to complete this
day. WHAT DEDICATION! I was overwhelmed, just seeing how wonderful everyone
worked together, the camaraderie, the laughter, this was another valuable project goal
which was accomplished this day due to the giving of each volunteer.
Kala Kokua and we found discrepancies involving the size and prepackaging of the
turkey drumsticks (drumsticks were two in a pack versus one per pack). Two drumsticks
per pack size were just right for one or two eaters, but if you received one drumstick per
To be continued on Page 3
Have you noticed there is a little patch of lawn re-
cently planted on the side of the Temple grounds?
That is the work of Teruto Soma (pictured here on
the right with Sophie Narashiba). Also helping Mr.
Soma was JoAnn Matsuo. Mr. Soma pulled the nut
grass, loosened the soil, picked up grass from Home
Depo, cut sheets of grass into smaller pieces and
planted them. THAT’S A LOT OF WORK. He fer-
tilized the new plantings, watered, and gave them
tender loving care and walla, we have a beautiful
lawn on the side of the Temple. It is quite beautiful!
Yoshimizuko Group arriving on
Mr. Soma did this because he is proud of our Temple June 25th. THANK YOU SO
and he wanted it to look a little better for the Japan MUCH MR. SOMA.
Smoked Turkey Corner
How did you prepare your smoked turkey drumstick? Rev. Narashiba said he
made a sandwich by cutting a few slices and putting it between 2 slices of bread with a little
mayonnaise, pickled red cabbage, alfalfa sprouts. And he said it was delicious. He also
made fried rice with the smoked turkey drumsticks and he and his wife made smoked tur-
key curry with brown rice.
The smoked turkey drumstick can be eaten in so many different ways. We would
very much be interested in what you prepared with your turkey drumstick. Please let
us know. We would like to continue this column to see what interesting ways people
ate their turkey drumsticks. Thank you.
Barazushi & Smoked Turkey Drumstick Fundraiser (Continued from Page 2)
pack, then you might have been surprised. The one drumstick was gigantic! You can
be creative cooking these drumsticks. I hope many recipes come to mind. But most of
all, this successful fundraiser could not be accomplished without YOU, the cus-
Through your support, our Temple will continue to serve both you and I. DOMO
Chairperson for Kala Kokua Turkey Drumstick Fundraiser
THANK YOU VERY MUCH Yvonne for all your hard work and dedication on a
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O-Toba Set Up on Sunday, July 25 at Lay Persons & Fujinkai Convention
8:00 a.m: Your help is needed to set September 17-19, 2010 on Maui
up the many O-Tobas. If you can spare a
few hours and help set up the O-Tobas, we The Lay Persons Convention is being
would greatly appreciate your help. Lunch held on the Island of Maui during the week-
will be provided. end of September 17 to 19. The schedule so
far begins the Convention on September 17
in Lahaina and then moves to Kahului on
Temple Clean-up Day, Sunday, July
September 18. if anyone is interested in
25, at 8:00 a.m. In preparation for the attending, please contact Jodo Mission.
O-Bon services, we will be cleaning the Tem-
ple, including the Columbarium. Please join Anyone can attend the Lay Persons
us! Everyone is welcome! It is hard work but Convention which is a convention or gather-
it can be fun; lunch will be provided. ing of all Jodo Shu members from the State
of Hawaii. Originally started to discuss
Why not make this a family project! We Temple membership, lack of ministers,
welcome everyone on Sunday, July 25 for ei- membership dues, etc. The Convention
ther O-Toba set up or Temple Cleaning. serves the purpose of socializing among all
Temple members. Whatever topics are cov-
ered, they are then referred to Kyoku.
Bon Dance at Haleiwa Jodo Mission
Possible topics for this year would be
Haleiwa Jodo Mission Bon Dance will be a Uniform Service Procedure or what can
held on July 30 & 31, 2010. A shuttle bus is we do to attract more members as our mem-
available on Saturday, July 31.. Price of bus bers become older.
fare is $3.50. Bus will leave promptly at 4 p.m.
from Jodo Mission to Haleiwa and will leave Fujinkai: The Lay Persons Conven-
Haleiwa around 10:30 p.m. tion will set aside some time for the Hawaii
to return to Jodo Mission. Rengo Fujinkai to meet on Maui. Hawaii
Please call Jodo Mission at Rengo Fujinkai usually meets every other
949-3995 to put your name year and needs to decide whether it will
on the bus list. Deadline is continue.
July 23, 2010.
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call at 949-3995
Amanda Youth who graduated from Iolani High School
was the honoree at the Baccalaureate Service held on Sun-
day, May 30, 2010 and sponsored by the Jodo Mission Sun-
You may have seen Amanda at many of the Temple’s lar-
ger functions, i.e. bazaar, Bon Dance, previous chicken sales,
New Year’s Eve Services.
Amanda with Kay Oshiro who
coordinates Sunday School activi-
Amanda will be attending the
University of Oregon in the fall
to further her education. She
plans on majoring in Psychology
and wants to work with kids/
teens who have problems in the
areas of low self-esteem, eating
disorders, drug abuse, depres-
Amanda has been volunteer- Amanda with her proud parents, Mia and Michael Youth and Grandpa
ing at Teen Line Hawaii for Stanley Kitajima
about a year. Teen Line Hawaii is associated with Coalition for a Drug Free Hawaii and is
a service organization providing useful information and resources on a variety of teen-
related topics through their website and public events. Amanda attended the National
Youth Conference in Washington, D.C. this past January through Teen Line Hawaii and
was able to meet other teens from across the United States. She also experienced snow for
the first time.
For the past two years Amanda has helped manage the JV Boys Volleyball team at
Iolani and played on one of JV Girls Volleyball teams at Iolani during her Sophomore and
We wish Amanda best wishes. Please study hard and when you return on your vaca-
tions that you drop by the Temple and visit with our Sunday School.
The Life of St. Honen
The Founder of Jodo Buddhism in Japan
By Rev. Dwight K. Matsunami
[published in The Hawaii Buddhism, October. 1956 issue]
PART 2 (cont’d from June 2010 Bulletin)
At last a new light came upon him when Denounced him as being an enemy of pub-
having read the works of Genshin and Shantao, lic order and he should be banished to a
a firm belief began to take shape, that is to say distant island.
that by the teaching of Other’s Power only by
the Faith in Amida Buddha, even the wicked In 1207 the gentle Honen started for his
can be saved, because everyone is equal by the exile. He was then seventy-four years of
effect of common faith and by the confidence age, but his heart was full of joy and he for-
in the grace of Amida Buddha. After having gave his persecutors, or he thought his exile
perceived the existence of a serene realm be- would allow him to preach the gospel in a
yond love and hate, he was finally convinced far region where none of the inhabitants
that by this faith in Amida Buddha, one may had heard of it as yet.
be born into such a Pure Land, and as a result Four years later he was forgiven . The
of it, the Nembutsu, the constant repetition of gentle saint returned from the isle or Shi-
“Namu Amida Butsu” was requested. In the koku still smiling with the joy of men who
spring of 1177, he established himself a new perceived light once more after waiting
sect, the Jodo Sect of Buddhism, at Yoshimizu long in darkness. But this joy was of short
near Kyoto. duration for St. Honen fell ill. His disciples
He was then forty years old, and from that gave him all possible care, but each day the
time until the very moment of his passing Saint lost strength. On the 25th of January
away, he was never weary of welcoming men in 1212, at the age of seventy nine, the gen-
and women of all classes to his fold— tle Saint surrounded by his disciples kept
aristocrats and plebians, scholars and ignorant repeating the Nembutsu, “Namu Amida
folks, all gathered around him eager to hear the Butsu’, till his strength failed him. The
teaching he revealed. All-tormented souls voice of Nembutsu became more and more
were awed, and his words were balm to their weak, then hushed together. Though the
hearts, because he preached a simple trustful lips of the Saint were silent forever, his
moral, announcing salvation for all. It is said gentle face was smiling as if he were born
that criminals and prostitutes were amongst into the Pure Land. And his teachings are
those he converted. Everybody wished to hear still alive in the hearts of hundreds of thou-
the gospel of the Fountain of Joy. But, like all sands of people in the world.
pioneers St. Honen encountered strong opposi- (The End)
tion from all quarters: many jealous people
WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
“Byakugo”: When you see the statute of Amida Buddha, you will see some round object in the
middle of his forehead. We call this “Byakugo’ and this is the very sign of enlightenment. It is the
spot from where the light of wisdom and personality shines, being at the same time the eye to see the
reality of things. We have two eyes by nature and though we have tried to see the substance of the
universe with them, we will never get to it until we attain the perfect wisdom. The words “poverty of
philosophy” were uttered when the world forgot the effort to attain this Byakugo. Don’t you think so?
Introduction of Sho-ryo Dana in Obon
② ① ④
INFORMATION ON ALTAR FOR O-BON
(most popular in Japan)
① Incense : Purify the area of Sho-ryo Dana with the smoke of incense.
② Flower : Flower is a symbol of purity. There are numerous flowers in the
③ Water : Water is a symbol of offering. The offered water is called “AKA”
that is translated from a Sanskrit word “Argha”, the most valuable thing.
④ Candle : A candle light is showing us the light of wisdom and compassion of
⑤,⑥ Cucumber and Eggplant with sticks : With a Cucumber make a horse
(using sticks) for your ancestors to return home early. Make a cow
with an Eggplant (using sticks) for them to return to Pure Land
⑦ Mizu-noko : The fresh cut eggplant and cucumber with washed rice.
Offering food in prayer to help everyone from hunger in any realms.
⑧ Some rice in a bowl of Water and a leaf of Lythrum anceps : This
expands food limitlessly. (Optional)
⑨ Nishime without meat : A traditional Japanese food used as monasterial food
called Sho-jin Ryo-ri.
⑩ Somen noodle : Somen noodle is a symbolic food for longevity.
⑪ Fruits and vegetables : Offer gifts of nature to Buddha and ancestors.
⑫ Mochi or any favorite food : Offer your ancestors with their favorite food.
⑬ Bamboo grass : Protection to keep away the bad spirits from the Sho-ryo Dana.
Fujinkai Meeting Sewing Circle YBA Meeting
July 10 July 18th at 8:30 a.m.
July 4th at 8:30 a.m. 8:30 to 11 a.m.
O-Bon Service Schedule
O-Bon Services will be held as follows:
Thursday, August 5—2 pm & 7 pm
Friday, August 6—2 pm & 7 pm
Saturday, August 7—2 pm & 7 pm
Sunday, August 8—10 am
Sign up for O-Bon Service will begin 2 hours prior to each service. This is on a first
come first serve basis. NO phone orders will be taken.
Closing Service will be on Sunday, August 8 at 10:00am. There will be NO O-Toba
prayers during that service.
Parking Directors Are Needed: If you are able to help direct cars to parking spaces,
please call Jodo Mission at 949-3995. Six persons will be needed for each of the above
Offering of Rice: During O-Bon Services it is customary to offer a bag of rice. However,
monetary donations in lieu of rice are acceptable. “Rice” envelopes are 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 potted
chrysanthemum ($1.75 each). No phone orders will be taken. Thank you for your sup-
Thursday, Aug. 5: 10:00 am to 7:30 pm
Friday, Aug. 6: 9:00 am to 7:30 pm
Saturday, Aug. 7: 9:00 am until supply runs out
Toro Nagashi (floating lantern from the boat): Sunday, Aug. 8 at 8 pm (Pier # to be
announced later). Boat capacity is limited so we must limit this to Hatsubon (first time O-
Bon) families. Please sign up for this event at the Temple office and you must be at the
announced Pier by 8 pm on August 8th..
Private O-Toba Service Appointments: If you wish
to have prayers offered in front of your O-Toba, appoint-
ments will be accepted from 8:00 am to 6:45 pm from
Wednesday, July 28 through Sunday, August 8, 2010.
What is “Perpetual Memorial Obituaries
Service?” (Eitaikyo) The Jodo Mission of Hawaii extends
This record of a perpetual memorial ser- its sincere condolences to the family
vice and is called Eitaikyo in Japanese. members and loved ones of the following
When the date of death occurs for a person members who have recently left this
listed on this record, the ministers pray for world for the Pure Land.
that individual during the morning service.
The prayers will continue each year for as Kazue Hasegawa 91
long as Jodo Mission exists. Hideko Miyamoto 83
Anyone can be included in it. You may put Jane Mitsuko Hiura 91
your own name on the list, too. This also James “Biggie” Tsukasa Yamada 91
helps when it is difficult to have memorial
services. We also welcome you to attend the
Wedding Services and Baby Blessings
morning service at 8:30am.
are available upon request.
How to apply
If you are planning to get married or know
Stop by the office, and fill out the applica- someone who is planning a wedding or if
tion form. Each name costs $200. After the you would like to renew your wedding
application is accepted, the name will be vows, you are welcome to recommend our
listed on the record. Temple. To pledge eternal love between
Apology for June Eitaikyo List husband and wife to Amida Buddha is very
We apologize for not listing the following de-
ceased persons in the June 2010 Bulletin: Baby Blessings: May Amida Buddha’s
love surround our children with love.
6/17 Helen Miyoko Oda 6/24 Tokiko Kurakake
6/19 Kikuyo Morioka 6/28 Kiyoichi Oshiro Please call for an appointment.
Jodo Mission Office
Hours: Your Opinions
Monday to Saturday Your opinions are important to us. Please feel
8am—5pm free to send your opinions to Jodo Mission of
Hawaii, 1429 Makiki St., Honolulu, HI 96814.
Sunday & Holidays Your opinions will be treated confidentially.
Rev. Dwight Nakamura
Rev. Yubun Narashiba Rev. Kanjun Nakano Retired Minister
Head Minister Resident Minister
EITAIKYO (Perpetual Memorial Service for July
1 Kichi Yanagisawa The Nanbu Family Fukuji Ikeda
The Yanagisawa Family Fusa Murakami Katsumi Imada
Yone Ishida The Murakami Family
The Yamamoto Family 21 Shigeru Nakata
2 Toyo Tojo Shigeyo Ipponsugi Usuke Oda
The Tojo Family Iwao Asaumi
Tsune Uchiumi Fusa Murakami 22 Keisuke Kimura
Minoru Shigeta The Kimura Family
Kikuyo Gonhata] 12 Hideo Higashi Takeo Matsunaga
Ellen Kimiko Hedani Kamesaburo Gushiken Motohiro Tanimura
Akiyo Yano Matsuyo Miyagi
3 Tamayo Yanagihara Morio Yanagihara
23 June Junko Yamashita
4 Setsuyo Sugihara 13 Kazuichi Akimoto Keizo Oda
The Sugihara Family Bunji Aoki
Sumiyo Yamanaka The Aoki Family 24 Masako Narahara
Kajo Teruya Toki Yamamoto
Isami Yoshikawa The Yamamoto Family 25 Matsuno Mishina
The Yoshikawa Family Setsuyo Nitta The Mishina Family
Kajo Teruya Masuo Yanagihara
The Yamanaka Family 14 Takao Amano The Yanagihara Family
Masaru Taira Kanichi Morita The Kimura Family
Fukutaro Nagata The Weiss Family (Stillborn)
5 Asao Takara Haya Kamimura
Shige Ikeda Kazuo Kamimura 26 Naosuke Nakamoto
Fred Yutaka Sakuda The Nakamoto & Sakagawa Family
Donna Haruko Furutani 15 The Nakagawa Family Toshio Fujimoto
The Koike Family The Fujimoto Family
6 Takaichi Hamada The Fujisue Family
The Hamada Family Doris Chiyoko Hayashi 27 Sakutaro Koyama
Miki Ajimura Florence Satoko Law The Koyama Family
The Ajimura Family Sayoko Takaoka
Takezo Ishida 16 The Juichi Yamada Family
Yosuke Mitsutani The Fujii Family
The Shikata Family 28 Koichi Ogi
7 Hisa Akimoto The Nishii Family Sadamu Iwamoto
Taki Ishimoto The Okazaki Family Miyoko Ohara
Seiji Ogawa Haruo Okahara Darin Sueo Furutani
The Okahara Family
8 Yoshio Furumoto R. Toyoji Tominaga 29 Kansuke Yano
Kamado Takara Tetsuichi Umemoto The Yano, Konaka &
Hiroshi Arakawa Hayashi Family
Sueko Kiyama 17 Ito Tanimura Mitsuo Sakakibara
Shigeko Shimamoto The Tanimura Family Chiya Wada
9 Kameichi Okamura The Nishiguchi Family 30 Noriaki Masuda
Matsuyo Kamioka Takiko Amakawa The Masuda & Asamura Family
Kumataro Gonhata Yumei Uyehara Kinosuke Kitamura
Masashi Kimura Tomoe Yoshioka The Kitamura Family
10 Tatsu Yanagihara 18 Hisako Fujihana Noriaki Masuda
The Yanagihara Family The Fujihana Family Matsuo Hirayasu
Shina Kaya Seiji Nakagawa Bishop Shutesu Miyamoto
The Kaya &Shimazaki Family Miyoji Aoki
Keizo Nagata Masutaro Kunihisa 31 Haruo Nakano
The Nagata Family Tokiyo Masaki Kameyo Hayashi
Yojiro Yamashina Masaaki Maruichi Usano Yamane
Fuji Kitagawa 19 Misae Higashihara
11 Toyo Nanbu 20 Gonshichi Shintaku
8:30am Morning Service Jodo Mission of Hawaii
Everyday July 2010 Phone: 949-3995
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1 2 3
**3:15 pm Jodo Shu hour
4 8:30 Fujinkai Meeting 5 6 7 8 9 10
10:30am Maunalani 8:30 am Sewing Class
10:00 Obetsuji Service Visitation
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
10:00 Sunday Service
**3:15 pm Jodo Shu hour
10am CCH visitation
11:45 Board Meeting
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
8:30 YBA Meeting
10:00 Sunday Service
25 26 27 28 29 30 31
NO SUNDAY SERVICE
8:00 O-Toba Set Up Haleiwa Bon Dance
8:00 General Cleanup
Aug. 1: NO Sunday Service; NO Fujinkai Meeting
**Jodo Shu Hour Radio K-ZOO (AM1210Khz, Japanese sta-
Aug 15: O-Toba Kuzushi & Yagura Set up—We do need help if you are tion)
available to help us
Sept 17-19: Lay Persons and Fujinkai Convention on Maui
Sept 26: Autumn Higan Service