"If you are happy to see the flower coming out, you should thank the roots which support and make it bloom."
This is one of the most popular sayings which Japanese Buddhist priests use for their sermons.
After successful Bon Dance here, I am now very mindful of this saying. It is so true. I should thank the roots.
As you know, roots cannot be seen since they are under the ground.
In like manner, there were some helpers working very hard back of the temple hall without meeting people. Honestly we don't want to ask people to work there because not like helpers at booths, they cannot even see the crowd of people but we definitely need some people to prepare the refreshments for dancers and to wash the dishes.
I am so grateful to all the helpers without exception, but I want to give my deepest appreciation to the workers who have worked at the kitchen and back of the hall.
For many years, Mr. Earl Kaneko, Ms. Charlotte Kaneko, Ms. Kikue Kaneko and her nieces and nephews, volunteered to work at the kitchen. Thank you so very much!
It was my biggest regret I couldn't take pictures of all