Jodo Mission of Hawaii Bulletin - February 2014

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Published on January 24, 2014

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The monthly newsletter of the Jodo Mission of Hawaii for February 2014.

Buddha’s Memorial Day Service (Nehan-e) Sunday, February 9th at 10 a.m. Nehan-e is the Memorial Day Service for Shakyamuni Buddha. He is the founder of Buddhism. He passed away at the age of 80 about 2500 years ago on February 15. “Nehan” is “Nirvana” in Sanskrit. “Nirvana” means the state of things after a fire has been put out. In other words, it means that Shakyamuni Buddha put out the fire of bad things human beings have in their minds; such as, anger, confusion, sorrow and so on. Then, he completely reached Enlightenment on that day. It is said that Shakyamuni Buddha achieved Enlightenment at the age of 35 and then spent the rest of his life teaching his wisdom throughout much of northern India. After nearly 45 years of lecturing, he and a number of his loyal disciples journeyed toward the place of his birth. During this journey, Buddha experienced much pain from his illness and knew his time on earth was coming to an end but still continued to his birthplace. When his pain became unbearable and he had to stop moving, his disciples prepared a bed for him under a sala tree where he could rest. He still continued to preach his sermons and told his disciples that they must continue to practice his teachings and strive for enlightenment. Thanks to Shakyamuni Buddha, we can live with this wonderful teaching. Shall we express our great appreciation to Shakyamuni Buddha on this Nehan-e Service. The service will be held on Sunday, February 9th at 10:00 am. We look This picture, the image of the passing of Shakyamuni Buddha, forward to your attendance. was drawn by Rev. Shokei Sasawaki (Osaka, Japan) Check out her web site! Address Service Requested Jodo Mission of Hawaii 1429 Makiki St. Honolulu HI 96814 (#1207-0214) Bulletin - FEBRUARY 2014 Jodo Mission of Hawaii

New Year’s Day Offerings / Blessings On New Year’s Day, Rev. Narashiba performed blessings to all who came to the New Year’s Day service on January 1st. Photo above shows mother holding son for his blessing with husband waiting for his turn. Left Photo: Offering of incense on the First Day of the New Year. Re: New Years When you think of New Years, what comes to mind are the Mochi, Ozoni (mochi soup), Kagami Mochi Kadomatsu, sushi, sekihan, tempura, nishime, kobu maki, other types of Japanese foods. Arigato to all who came to the temple to make Mochi on Saturday, December 28. It takes a lot of people, young and old, and it is a LOT OF HARD WORK. The mochi rice needs to be washed the day before and also the pots, burners, wooden containers or morobutas all need to be brought out from storage and prepared for use for Mochi Day. Then on Mochitsuki Day, rice is cooked, pounded manually or put through a grinder, then shaped, floured, then the mochi needs to be brushed of excess powder and packed to fulfill all the orders received. There is also a lot of fellowship. Didn’t your mochi taste especially good when you were part of this unique day!! Thank you so much for your help! Page 2

Ministers and Ministers’ Wives Seminar: On December 21 and 22, 2013, Hawaii Jodo Shu ministers and Ministers’ Wives held a Seminar. Their guest speaker on Saturday, December 21, was Archbishop Shogen Miyabayashi from Kamakura, Japan (photo above 1st row center). Also from Japan were Rev. Yoshiharu Tomatsu (who was the guest speaker at the Sunday Betsuin English Service on December 22), Rev. Shodo Kobayashi, Rev. Dosho Takeda, Rev. Soshin Washime, Rev. Eishin Nenoi, Rev. Kogen Yamada and Rev. Tomoyuki Sugawara. Also in attendance at the Seminar was Hawaii Council of Jodo Missions (Kyoku) President Leonard Chow (top row center). Hawaii ministers present were: Bishop Gensho Hara (Lahaina; photo 1st row next to Archbishop Miyabayashi), Rev. Yubun Narashiba and Rev. Kanjun Nakano (Honolulu), Rev. Koji Ezaki (Heleiwa), Rev. Junshin Miyabayashi (Kurtistown, Hilo and Hakalau), Rev. Wajira Wansa (Hamakua, Kohala and Hawi), Rev. John Hara (Kauhului and Wailuku), Rev. Shoryu Akiya (Kapaa) and Rev. Kosen ishikawa (Koloa). Rev. Tomatsu’s sermon on December 22 was on an interesting subject of “The Meaning of Nenbutsu in this Present Moment”. It can be heard on the Jodo Mission website at On January 19, 2014 in connection with St. Honen’s Memorial on January 25, Betsuin members participated in a 30-minute Nenbutsu session with several minutes of meditation. On January 12, 2014, Betsuin members participated in a shorter version of the 30-minute Nenbutsu session. In Japan, there may be a longer session of 1 hour or longer of Nenbutsu sessions. Rev. Takeda, Bishop Hara, Rev. Kobayashi, Rev. Tomatsu Above photo taken at December 22 Sunday Service. Page 3

HAWAII STATE JODO SHU FUJINKAI SCHOLARSHIP Namiye Nakamura Scholarship The Hawaii State Jodo Shu Fujinkai offers a $750 Namiye Nakamura Scholarship to a Hawaii high school graduate or a member of the temple who wishes to further his/her education toward a degree or advanced degree in an accredited college or university. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. The applicant for the scholarship must meet the following criteria: Priority will be given to a student graduating from a high school in Hawaii. If there are no graduating students applying, any applicant continuing their education may receive the scholarship. Be accepted at an accredited university or institution of higher learning. Possess good moral character and leadership potential Be an active member of his/her respective Jodo Mission Submit an application by April 15th. The family or legal guardian of the applicant must currently be a member of his/her respective Jodo Mission. Financial need will be considered. Determination of the scholarship recipient will be made by a Scholarship Committee. If there are any questions about the scholarship, please consult Rev. Yubun Narashiba at 949-3995. Mochi Miso Soup Ingredients: 3 cups water 1 pkg dashi no moto 2 T miso 1 c daikon, shredded 1c carrots, shredded green onions, minced (for garnish) Procedure: 1. Bring water and dashi no moto to a boil. Lower the heat when it comes to a boil. 2. Peel the daikon and carrot. 3. Using a grater, shred carrot into long shreds and add it to the pot of dashi. Then shred the daikon like the carrot and add it to the dashi too. 4. Bring it to a boil and cook for approximately 3 minutes. Skim the foam from the boiling broth. 5. Dissolve the miso into the pot of broth. 6. Prepare the mochi. If using frozen mochi, rinse them in water first then microwave them for 30 seconds on each side. (The time will vary according to your microwave oven.) They are ready when soft to the touch. 7. Add mochi pieces to the pot of soup. When the soup begins to bubble, turn off the heat. Place one moch in each serving of soup. Garnish with green onions. Enjoy! Page 4

NAGINATA By Ken Sato The naginata is one of the traditional weapons of feudal Japan. It is a polearm with a single-edged, curved blade mounted on a long shaft with a counterweight pommel at the other end. Many traditions, or ryu, included this weapon in their curricula. One of the traditions that survive today is Jikishinkage Ryu Naginata Jutsu. The 18th, and current, Sōke (headmaster) of the ryu is Masami Sonobe. Anton Geesink's gold medal judo victory in the 1964 Olympics stunned the Japanese, but it also stimulated an interest in Holland about the Japanese martial arts. In 1969 Hanae Miura was sent to Photo provided by HonHolland and France as part of an elite delegation to introduce tradiolulu Star-Advertiser tional Japanese martial arts to the world. Due to the excitement of the per Ken Sato coverage generated in Japan, the visit to Europe resulted in a request for an exhibition in Hawai'i. That trip was soon followed by a request to have someone come to the islands to teach the art. In response, Miura Sensei returned in 1972. She has been teaching naginata in Hawai'i ever since. Miura Sensei has organized many exchanges between Hawai’i and Japan; on several occasions arranging travel for high ranking sensei to administer examinations for local students and, at other times, taking members to Japan for testing and cultural enrichment. She holds the highest certification given in the ryu, Tora no Maki, placing her among a very small and select group of individuals. The Hawai'i dojo remains the only dojo outside of Japan under a sensei of this level. Training is on Saturdays from 1:30 – 3:00 PM in the Social Hall of the Jodo Mission of Hawaii. Practice is based on kata (set forms) which develop the movement vocabulary of the ryu. Weapons used are made of wood and represent the naginata, sword (bokken), and dagger (tanto). Persons who have questions or are interested in observing practice may contact the group at The Hawaii Naginata Federation is grateful to the Jodo Mission of Hawaii for making space available for Saturday training. Page 5

What is “Perpetual Memorial Service?” (Eitaikyo) Obituaries 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 during the morning service. The prayers will continue each year for as long as Jodo Mission exists. 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 application is accepted, the name will be listed on the record. Jodo Mission Office Hours: Monday to Saturday 8am—5pm Sunday & Holidays 8am—3pm Phone: 949-3995 Website: 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. Carol Taeko Murashige Kesaaki Tsugane Hideaki Katayama Terry Wilson Seacord Lillian Chiyoko Fujiwara Robert Masaru Taniguchi Carol Setsuko Muramoto Edith Fusaye Mizuno Miharu Okimura Interesting Speakers If you know of anyone who would be a good speaker to talk about how we can relieve stress in our daily lives, i.e. through meditation, exercise, etc. Jodo Mission of Hawaii is interested. Please contact the temple and speak with Rev. Narashiba with your suggestion. In our everyday lives we encounter all types of stresses, including how we cope with work, family, sickness, etc. Sunday School We welcome children to join our Sunday School. Let’s enjoy studying Onembutsu by doing various activities. Rev. Yubun Narashiba Rev. Kanjun Nakano Head Minister Page 6 Resident Minister 87 91 50 78 93 98 74 91 95 Rev. Dwight Nakamura Retired Minister 2/16 @ 10:45 am

Perpetual Memorial Service (Eitaikyo) For February 2014 1. Itaro Yanagihara The Yanagihara Family Kisaburo Teraoka The Teraoka Family The Mitani Family Sumako Kishii 2 Kuma Kawamura The Kawamura Family Robert Hiroshi Yamanaka Dorothy Mieko Oshita Hideo Takamatsu Yasuko Tanaka 3 Rymond Hisashi Narahara Ayame kano Hazel Mitsuko Imai 4 Kii Hirohama The Hirohama Family Kiyoe Soma Robert Takashi Maehara 5 Hatsu Konaka The Yano, Konaka & Hayashi Families Gorokichi Ishida The Ishida and AimotoFamilies Misao Mitsuyasu The Mitsuyasu Family Masaharu Kotake Tsugio Hayase Shigeyo Kawano 6 Matsuemon Tanimura (2) The Tanimura Family (2) Sawaichi Nakagawa Family Kimi Higashi Misae Ichida Bunji Kishii (2) Umeyo Yamamoto Dr. Yasuhiko Hayashi Patrick Seiji Yamamoto Jimmy Nestegard Chiyo Tanaka 11 Minekichi Taniguchi The Taniguchi Family Tsuneko Nago The Nag & Kunimoto Families Rev. Shuen Inoue Sue Nishimoto Noboru Yamasaki Kameyo Fujita Hisae Yamato Sue Nishimoto 12 Sumie Kanoyama The Kanoyama Family Bishop Shinkyo Tachikawa Doris Umeno Nojima Yoshihiro Hata 14 Hajime Nishimoto The Nishimoto Family Kensuke Hironaka The Hironaka & Ishimoto Families Sae Tachikawa Hiroshi Sato Raymond Shizuo Asaumi Shigeyo Otani Takeji Gushikuma Matsu Kiyuna George Sotoshi Tarumoto Kikuye Homareda 15 Kiyoshi Tsukiyama Otake Takara 16 Shigeru Asaumi The Asaumi Family Yukio Nakagawa Motoo Muramoto 8 Toshio Higa The Higa Family Yukie Higashi Tame Ito 17 Masuyo Shimokawa The Shimokawa Family Kinzaburo Makino The Makino Family Kazuyo Hashimoto Choshiro Ikuta Tsuchiyo Fujimoto Reiko Hata Alfred Akira Tanaka Frederick Kinzaburo Makino 10 Satomi Yamamoto The Yamamoto Family Kame Uyehara The Uyehara Family Michie Watanabe 19 Chozo Kawano The Kawano Family Eijiro Murakami The Murakami & Yamamoto Family Ishi Matsuda The Murakami Family Eijiro Murakami 20 Ryozo Hamada The Hamada Family Magoichi Mineishi The Mineishi Family Taro Takara Tomoyo Takara Kimie Matsuda Sue Takabayashi Natsuko Aoki 21 Tamotsu Kuniyuki 13 Torajiro Kusunoki The Kusunoki Family Ichiro Yasumoto Fusakichi Kawanishi Haruyo Tarumoto Seijiro Takabayashi 7 Namie Nakamura Tsugi Hifumi Yoshizo Muramoto Stella Masako Takamatsu 9 Haruyo Yanagihara The Yanagihara Family Minoru Okawa The Okawa Family Kishichi Yoshikawa Kimie Tanaka Yoshiteru Sakaguchi Cory Ikuta 18 Reiji Yamane The Yamane & Harada Families Tsutako Yamanaka The Yamanaka Family Matsuyo Machida Otome Takara Tomiko “Ruth” Inouye 22 Yoshi Hayashi The Yano, Konaka & Hayashi Families Kinu Nishimura (2) 23 Taichi Sato 24 Kame Akamine The Akamine Family Kikuno Hisamura Kamesuke Nakahama Takiko Yanagihara 25 Sue Maeda The Maeda Family Shinichi Takao The Takao Family Takayo Matsuo The Matsuo Family Shigeki Umemoto The Yoza Family The Shimabukuro Family Tamotsu Nakamura Florence Kimie Karimoto 26 Jirosaku Otani The Otani & Yanagihara Family Shiro Fukuda 27 Taichi Wakagi The Wakagi Family Keiko Hanano Noboru Hirano Shigeru Takara 28 Fukuichi Fukuda Mitsuyo GladysYoshihara The Goichi Kawamura Family Tsuru Kuniyuki 29 Nobue Kochi

10:30am Fujinkai General Membership Mtg & New Year’s Party 10:00am Sunday Service 10:00am Sunday Service 10am Nehan-e Family Service 11:45 am Board Meeting 10:00am Obetsuji Service 8:30am Fujinkai Mtg. 24 17 10 3 Mon 25 18 11 4 Tue 26 19 12 5 YBA - No Meeting in February Sewing Circle 8 am Sewing Circle 22 15 8 am Sewing Circle 8 1 Sat General Membership Meeting & New Year’s Party 28 21 14 7 Fri Feb. 2: 8:30 am Ikoi Hall Fu jinkai 27 20 13 6 Thu Website: Phone: 949-3995 Jodo Mission of Hawaii Feb 8 and 22: 8—11 a.m. Ikoi Hall Any person interested in Wed February 2014 COMING EVENTS: Spring Higan Service March 24 Deadline for O-Toba Orders: April 1 Deadline for Hawaii State Jodo Shu Fujinkin Scholarship: April 15 23 16 9 2 Sun 8:30am Morning Service Everyday

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